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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Purplelizard9 in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    These are some of the things I've learned over the years taking care of my sponge filters and thought it may come in handy for some people.
     
    If you have any additional tricks, feel free to share!  We all need to help each other.
     
    Most of my experience has been with the XY 2831, however most of the models are pretty similar.  The pieces are like legos.  Pop them off, put them together.
     
    Double to Single
     
    So you can make a double a single if needed, by rearranging the pieces.  Pop off the air lift, pop off the side arm, pop them together and voila.  Nice to know if you have an extra filter around and a small tank.
     

     
     
    Even Flow
     
    After buying a sponge filter, take off the sponge and look at the sponge arm.  Looks kinda like a silencer on a gun.  Sometimes all the holes are not open due to plastic pooling during manufacturing.
     

     
    The plastic is soft, so just use a pair of scissors and put the point in the hole and twist.  By opening all the holes, you have a nice even draw across the sponge.
     

     
     
    Bubbles Have Slowed or Stopped
     
    So you say you are losing that air power?  Your air pump must not be working right?  Are you sure?  Pop off your air hose, and drop it in the water.  Still good power bubbles?  Then it's your air lift.  Let's fix it.
     
    There's three fixes that can be done.  Just depends where your blockage is.  I'll list in order of most likely to least likely, however having said that all three have happened to me at one point or another.
     
    Pop off your air lift tube, and take the 2nd inner tube out as well.
     

     
    Take a new small dollar store toothbrush
     

     
    and scrub the inside of the lift where the clear meets the black inside.  Sometimes some crud or a snail is lodged there.
     

     
     
    Still not clear?
     
    This is what the hole looks like inside the black air lift seat. 
     

     
    Sometimes the clear plastic lift tube gets pushed down too far and blocks the hole partly or totally.  It shouldn't do that, but sponge filters sometimes don't read their own instruction manuals.  Take some pliers or hemostats and pull that tube upward to expose more of the hole.  On some filters it is easy, on some it can be a struggle.  On the easy ones, sometimes you can wiggle them with your hands and pull up.  On the harder ones if you use your tool to move it back and forth like a wrench on a nut, it helps.
     
     
    Still not working?
     
    There is one more fix.  See the air hose hole?  A coffee straw is the perfect size for plunging.  Sometimes a tiny snail gets stuck in there.  By plunging that hole, you break up that snail shell and it gets expelled once the air hose is reattached.
     

     
     
    Air Pressure
     
    Air pressure to the sponge filter is actually a complicated relation of how long the air hose is, and how high or low the filter is placed.  In short, if the filter is on your bottom rack, and your air pump is high, it has to work harder to push down the air down there.  The same is true in your tank.  If your filter is located deeper in your aquarium, it is harder to push the air there than it is if it is located near the top of your aquarium.
     
    Soooo, if you have more than one filter on an air pump, and you move one to clean it or for another reason, when you place it back in, you may find the ratio of air going to your tank connections is off.  That's just because the placement of your filter is either higher or lower than it was before.
     
     
    Cleaning the Sponges
     
    Provided you are using a double sponge filter, clean one one week, and then give at least a week for that to recolonize before cleaning the other one.  If you don't, your bacteria colonies may crash and you'll start losing shrimp.
     
    To clean, squeeze the removed sponge in either removed tank water or RO, then replace.  Don't worry about shrimp getting into the sponge arm holes.  The tubes are hollow, nothing dangerous inside, and they'll find their way our with the current from the bubbles.
     
     
    My Sponge Feels Like Clay, or It's Now Hourglass Shaped
     
    You are either using a sponge as a prefilter, or it's been a super long time since you've cleaned your sponge.  Basically the pores are clogged. Clean the sponge and you'll be surprised how much crud/black water comes out.
     
     
    I hope this has helped some.  Feel free to add more tips and tricks.
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from NickAus in Florida Issues Call for Anglers to Target Exotics   
    LMAO!!!!!
    Still ROTF about " If someone brings back dinosaurs, they will get loose in FL. " LOL!!!
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from NickAus in Florida Issues Call for Anglers to Target Exotics   
    Poor fishies.
    http://www.reef2rainforest.com/2016/04/01/florida-issues-call-for-anglers-to-target-exotics/
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to HumanArtRebel1020 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    are your filters aqueon? what brand if you know . I have a aqueon and it just doesn't work efficiently.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ColForbin in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    7/8" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube, length  expands
    and two small heaters would be great!  Shipping to Chicago I assume would be cheap
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from wyzazz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    OKay, I think I'm done listing for now.  I may have some other things, but I'll know when I get these cleared out.
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from NickAus in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    These are some of the things I've learned over the years taking care of my sponge filters and thought it may come in handy for some people.
     
    If you have any additional tricks, feel free to share!  We all need to help each other.
     
    Most of my experience has been with the XY 2831, however most of the models are pretty similar.  The pieces are like legos.  Pop them off, put them together.
     
    Double to Single
     
    So you can make a double a single if needed, by rearranging the pieces.  Pop off the air lift, pop off the side arm, pop them together and voila.  Nice to know if you have an extra filter around and a small tank.
     

     
     
    Even Flow
     
    After buying a sponge filter, take off the sponge and look at the sponge arm.  Looks kinda like a silencer on a gun.  Sometimes all the holes are not open due to plastic pooling during manufacturing.
     

     
    The plastic is soft, so just use a pair of scissors and put the point in the hole and twist.  By opening all the holes, you have a nice even draw across the sponge.
     

     
     
    Bubbles Have Slowed or Stopped
     
    So you say you are losing that air power?  Your air pump must not be working right?  Are you sure?  Pop off your air hose, and drop it in the water.  Still good power bubbles?  Then it's your air lift.  Let's fix it.
     
    There's three fixes that can be done.  Just depends where your blockage is.  I'll list in order of most likely to least likely, however having said that all three have happened to me at one point or another.
     
    Pop off your air lift tube, and take the 2nd inner tube out as well.
     

     
    Take a new small dollar store toothbrush
     

     
    and scrub the inside of the lift where the clear meets the black inside.  Sometimes some crud or a snail is lodged there.
     

     
     
    Still not clear?
     
    This is what the hole looks like inside the black air lift seat. 
     

     
    Sometimes the clear plastic lift tube gets pushed down too far and blocks the hole partly or totally.  It shouldn't do that, but sponge filters sometimes don't read their own instruction manuals.  Take some pliers or hemostats and pull that tube upward to expose more of the hole.  On some filters it is easy, on some it can be a struggle.  On the easy ones, sometimes you can wiggle them with your hands and pull up.  On the harder ones if you use your tool to move it back and forth like a wrench on a nut, it helps.
     
     
    Still not working?
     
    There is one more fix.  See the air hose hole?  A coffee straw is the perfect size for plunging.  Sometimes a tiny snail gets stuck in there.  By plunging that hole, you break up that snail shell and it gets expelled once the air hose is reattached.
     

     
     
    Air Pressure
     
    Air pressure to the sponge filter is actually a complicated relation of how long the air hose is, and how high or low the filter is placed.  In short, if the filter is on your bottom rack, and your air pump is high, it has to work harder to push down the air down there.  The same is true in your tank.  If your filter is located deeper in your aquarium, it is harder to push the air there than it is if it is located near the top of your aquarium.
     
    Soooo, if you have more than one filter on an air pump, and you move one to clean it or for another reason, when you place it back in, you may find the ratio of air going to your tank connections is off.  That's just because the placement of your filter is either higher or lower than it was before.
     
     
    Cleaning the Sponges
     
    Provided you are using a double sponge filter, clean one one week, and then give at least a week for that to recolonize before cleaning the other one.  If you don't, your bacteria colonies may crash and you'll start losing shrimp.
     
    To clean, squeeze the removed sponge in either removed tank water or RO, then replace.  Don't worry about shrimp getting into the sponge arm holes.  The tubes are hollow, nothing dangerous inside, and they'll find their way our with the current from the bubbles.
     
     
    My Sponge Feels Like Clay, or It's Now Hourglass Shaped
     
    You are either using a sponge as a prefilter, or it's been a super long time since you've cleaned your sponge.  Basically the pores are clogged. Clean the sponge and you'll be surprised how much crud/black water comes out.
     
     
    I hope this has helped some.  Feel free to add more tips and tricks.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ILikeAsianBooty in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    tempted to grab a heater for my new 7.5 cube xD
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Whitemage09 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from wyzazz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Shrimporama in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thank you, Wyzazz.
     
    Thanks, Wygglz.  Situations change, and life goes on, but friendships in all walks of life are valued.
     
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Shrimporama in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks, guys.  It's been a struggle financially lately, but despite circumstances, I still wanted to give back to the shrimping community.  
     
    I accept prayers and good Karma wishes as payment. ;-)
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Uriel RT in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thank you, Wyzazz.
     
    Thanks, Wygglz.  Situations change, and life goes on, but friendships in all walks of life are valued.
     
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to dealend in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    wow... last year or 2 years ago you quit shrimping. now the hobbies. that's Sad.
    hope that you are back again.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Jadenlea in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    This makes me so sad. This hobby needs you
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to wyzazz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    I can send prayers & shrimp as well when you get to a place in your life where you want to keep them again.  
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Jamisondaniel33 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thank you, Wyzazz.
     
    Thanks, Wygglz.  Situations change, and life goes on, but friendships in all walks of life are valued.
     
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from chappy6107 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks, guys.  It's been a struggle financially lately, but despite circumstances, I still wanted to give back to the shrimping community.  
     
    I accept prayers and good Karma wishes as payment. ;-)
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Whitemage09 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    I work graveyard shift now, so have to get a nap in before work. I'll list more tomorrow.  Please be patient if I don't get back to you immediately. Working nights, sleeping in the day and still trying to be there for family is exhausting.
     
    I have a gym meet for my daughter's gymnastics on Sat, so I won't be around that day most likely. By the time I get back, I'll be lucky to get much sleep at all before work.
     
    This is taking a bit longer than expected to list everything in my very little free time each day. So, your patience while updating my list for free things (as it *may* stretch into next week) is appreciated.
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Wygglz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks, guys.  It's been a struggle financially lately, but despite circumstances, I still wanted to give back to the shrimping community.  
     
    I accept prayers and good Karma wishes as payment. ;-)
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from wyzazz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks, guys.  It's been a struggle financially lately, but despite circumstances, I still wanted to give back to the shrimping community.  
     
    I accept prayers and good Karma wishes as payment. ;-)
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Shrimple minded in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    +1 to that.  
     
    Soothing, I hope you and yours are doing well.  Cheers, mate.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to chappy6107 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    we miss you around here Soothing
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from chappy6107 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks Chappy.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to chappy6107 in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    anything Soothing posts ALWAYS goes quick.
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