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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to afeather in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Wow that stuff went quick! I'll keep checking this for more items that may be added.
     
    So nice of you! Thank you
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Uriel RT in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    More taken.  More still to be listed.
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to PanW in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Very nice of you!!
    Hope they'll go to the right people.
     
     
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ILikeAsianBooty in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Thanks for the give away :]
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from blissskr in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Hi shrimpers.
     
    Some of you may remember me, others not.  When I started shrimping many years ago,  people helped me out with equipment and stock.  When I had a break from shrimping a couple years ago, friends helped me out when I got into it again.
     
    Now, since it looks as if I'll be gone from the hobby for quite a while- it is time for me again to give back and help others. The circle
    of shrimping continues.
     
    Items are listed below. Unless a price is next to the item, consider it FREE if it would be of help to you!
     
    Fair warnings:
    1) NO PICK UP.
    2) You would have to pay for shipping. The cost may vary depending on the type of items you obtain, and how heavy the box is. Either priority or regular mail. Because of this, I can't give a shipping quote until you are done. And then the cost would only be shipping, and if any packing is needed.
    3) It may take a couple days for me to make/find boxes to ship your items in.
    4) Items may be dusty/have water spots, etc.

    Oh, one more thing. We have some GREAT dealers and members here who sell shrimp items.  In no way is it my intention to have them lose sales since I have limited amounts of items anyway. Once you see something you may have been interested in- but is now given away- please consider supporting one of those sellers!
     
    OKay, let's get started.
     
    Chemicals, first. All those knowingly past exp. dates have been thrown out. As always, use chemicals at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for the chemicals and how they are used, yadda yadda.
     
    CHEMICALS
    - 1000cc opened bottle of SL Aqua Purify. Barely any used. Manufactured 11/24/2015, three year shelf life.
     
    - 500ml bottle SL Aqua Blue Wizard half full. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 1 fl ounce PraziPro, unopened. Exp date 06/18
     
    - MK Breed Blood Diamond. Looks to be never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - (2 bottles) African Cichlid conditioner, 8 fl ounces, never opened. Don't see exp date.
     
    - 4 fl ounces Kordon methylene blue, never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 100g Salty Shrimp 8.5 Sulawesi Mineral, I added a scoop I found, some powder used, but mostly full.  Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 200g Shrimp King Sulawesi Salt gh+/kh+. Still in box, never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - (24 bottles) 2 oz Jungle Natural Colors powder.  Basically powdered Tannin/humic acid. Unopened. Don't see exp. date, but it's dry powder.
     
    - 250g Aldrich Chitosan. Laboratory grade from back when I was experimenting with making my own mineral powders. Opened, and maybe 1/2 used. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 40 oz API Ammo-Carb. Opened, maybe 30 oz left? Don't see an exp.date.
     
    - (3 bottles) 1.25 fl ounces API kh test solution bottle, exp. 2019, 2020, 2021
     
    - bottle of 1.25 fl ounces API gh test solution, exp 2019
     
    - (21) 10 ml Aqueon water conditioner packets, don't see an exp date.
     
    - (7) 15ml TetraAqua Aquasafe water conditioner packets with bio extract, don't see an exp date.

    I think that's all for chemicals right now, unless I find more when moving stuff out.
     
     
    Equipment
    -  (3) Still in package floating glass thermometers w/suction cup
     
    - (25+) (15+) Used floating glass thermometer w/suction cup, no idea how well the suction cups are now.
     
    - (3) Plastic 3 way air valve group with no tank clip.
     
    - Plastic 4 way air valve group with tank clip
     
    - Plastic tank clip to hold a 2 way air valve
     
    - Topfin airline connection kit, never opened. Contains 5 individual air plastic valves/two suction cups/and Y valves.
     
    - Around 14 oz of new porous media (looks like pebbles), opened.
     
    - (20) NIB 15w T10 120v light bulbs
     
    - 3/4" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube, length expands
     
    - 7/8" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube, length  expands
     
    - 1" diam, ~12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. The end is cut (manufactured) at a 45 deg angle.
     
    - 2" diam, 11" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. Coms with end attachment to make an oval at the inlet 1.5" x 4.25" if desired.
     
    - 4 rolled up lead plant weights
     
    - still in package Cypress Accessories System Holder.  This was a hard to find item at the time for me. Bought for holding 1/2" to 5/8" flexible tubing over the rim of a tank without it kinking. Plastic thumbscrew tightens holder to the rim. Never used.
     
    - (4) (3) (1) Tetra Water Wonder 10g Internal Power Filter #50050-600.  Still In box, never used.  I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it.  Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp.
     
    - (4) (1) Great Choice 10-20g Internal Power Filter, 90 gph flow rate. Still in box, never used. I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it.  Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp.
     
    - (5) generic 1/2" x 1" blue cylinder sand air stones
     
    - 3/4" generic blue sphere sand air stone
     
    - (7) Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones.  These are white (ceramic?) disks sandwiched on both sides by green plastic.  These were manufactured in the 1970's and designed to be taken apart with a single screw should they ever get clogged.  A toothbrush on the disk, put back together and it's cleaned and works fine again.  My favorite in air stones.  Super hard to find  for them, so when I found them I bought as many as I could.  These are not in package and will need to be cleaned. One is missing the plastic cap on screw, but does not affect performance.
     
    - (3) Still in package and never opened Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones.  Read above description.
     
    - San Francisco Bay Brand Shrimp Hatchery (2 Liter bottle square base kind.)
     
    - San Francisco Bay Brand Educational Brand Shrimp Kit still in box, never used. This is the cube with clear jar on top.
     
    - (4) NIB never used OceanAqua Technic fully submersible glass 50 watt heater.  (In tank thermometer recommended to double check settings on any heater.)
     
    - (25+) (19+) (16+) (14+) Used submersible glass heaters. Most are 50 watts. Will require cleaning. No idea on suction cup quality now. When pulled, all heaters worked. Do have a couple 100 watts, and at least one 150 watt. Just tell me how many and the watts you want. (In tank thermometer recommended to double check settings on any heater.)
     
    - NIB never opened Tetra Whisper HOB Power Filter 20, 10-20 gallon, 105 gph.
     
    - used HOB AquaClear Power filter 70, 40-70 gallon. Will need cleaned. Standoff on bottom is missing, so tape a small styro block if needed.
     
    - used Second Nature Whisper HOB Power Filter 2. Looks like 20 gallon? Will need cleaned.
     
    - used Second Nature Whisper HOB Power Filter 2. Looks like 20 gallon? Will need cleaned. *missing inlet tube*
     
    - used HOB Aquatech 5-15. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB Tetra T1 (10-20g?), I added a Top FIn 20g cover. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB Top Fin 10 (at least the cover fits. No indicator on actual filter that I see.) Inlet tube is there, but bottom extension, if you need it, is missing. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB 10g filter. No inlet pipe. Will need cleaned.
     
     -used HOB 10g filter. Will need cleaned.
     
    - HUGE never used HOB filter. Top is missing, so unknown type.  Dimensions are roughly 8 in top to bottom, 14 in across, 6.5 in front to back. Has inlet, but extension pipe is gone. Will need cleaned.
     
    Food
     
    - (21) ~11oz unopened Trial size packet of Tropical flake food
     
    - (5) (4) Sample bags of misc. sizes of Barley
     
    - (2) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - (2) (1) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - 10g Ebi No Seicho Shrimp Rock.  Package opened, but never used.
     
    - 1 oz Organic Fennel Seed Powder from Egypt
     
    - 10g Organic Dried Irish Wild Rose Petal Powder
     
    -  ~70g Astaxanthin Powder.  My own personal warning is don't use this with yellow neos.  If you get this, please share freely with sample packs if anyone wants any. This a HUGE amount.  Dusting of food, or feeding by tooth pick is the way to go. Depending on how many tanks you have, this will last you YEARS!
     
    - bag of dried leaves. Could either contain mulberry, nettle or cherry.  I just kind of threw the  leaves together.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Mulberry leaves from Hungary. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Nettle leaves form Korea. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - Another 1 cup dried and powdered Mulberry leaves from Hungary. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - Another 1 cup dried and powdered Nettle leaves form Korea. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Dandelion leaves from Croatia.  Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    -  Another 1 cup dried and powdered Dandelion leaves from Croatia.  Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 16 oz metal can of C grade, min 65% hatch out rate Brine Shrimp Eggs.  Opened, but very little used. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years. Have to hatch them yourself. (see equipment list for hatching supplies if you don't have any.)
     
    - 1 oz jar of Plecocaine powder
     
     
    More items such as food and equipment will be added as I have time. I hope to get mostly everything listed this week.  Most equipment will need to be cleaned.
     
    US shipping only. Message me here at Shimp Spot if interested in anything. If you want me to hold items to ship together (until I've listed almost everything), please message me here and let me know that, too.
     
     
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from wyzazz in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    You betcha. Shrimping is all about helping others!
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from Uriel RT in FREE Stuff for Shrimpers!   
    Hi shrimpers.
     
    Some of you may remember me, others not.  When I started shrimping many years ago,  people helped me out with equipment and stock.  When I had a break from shrimping a couple years ago, friends helped me out when I got into it again.
     
    Now, since it looks as if I'll be gone from the hobby for quite a while- it is time for me again to give back and help others. The circle
    of shrimping continues.
     
    Items are listed below. Unless a price is next to the item, consider it FREE if it would be of help to you!
     
    Fair warnings:
    1) NO PICK UP.
    2) You would have to pay for shipping. The cost may vary depending on the type of items you obtain, and how heavy the box is. Either priority or regular mail. Because of this, I can't give a shipping quote until you are done. And then the cost would only be shipping, and if any packing is needed.
    3) It may take a couple days for me to make/find boxes to ship your items in.
    4) Items may be dusty/have water spots, etc.

    Oh, one more thing. We have some GREAT dealers and members here who sell shrimp items.  In no way is it my intention to have them lose sales since I have limited amounts of items anyway. Once you see something you may have been interested in- but is now given away- please consider supporting one of those sellers!
     
    OKay, let's get started.
     
    Chemicals, first. All those knowingly past exp. dates have been thrown out. As always, use chemicals at your own risk. I assume no responsibility for the chemicals and how they are used, yadda yadda.
     
    CHEMICALS
    - 1000cc opened bottle of SL Aqua Purify. Barely any used. Manufactured 11/24/2015, three year shelf life.
     
    - 500ml bottle SL Aqua Blue Wizard half full. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 1 fl ounce PraziPro, unopened. Exp date 06/18
     
    - MK Breed Blood Diamond. Looks to be never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - (2 bottles) African Cichlid conditioner, 8 fl ounces, never opened. Don't see exp date.
     
    - 4 fl ounces Kordon methylene blue, never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 100g Salty Shrimp 8.5 Sulawesi Mineral, I added a scoop I found, some powder used, but mostly full.  Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 200g Shrimp King Sulawesi Salt gh+/kh+. Still in box, never opened. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - (24 bottles) 2 oz Jungle Natural Colors powder.  Basically powdered Tannin/humic acid. Unopened. Don't see exp. date, but it's dry powder.
     
    - 250g Aldrich Chitosan. Laboratory grade from back when I was experimenting with making my own mineral powders. Opened, and maybe 1/2 used. Don't see exp. date.
     
    - 40 oz API Ammo-Carb. Opened, maybe 30 oz left? Don't see an exp.date.
     
    - (3 bottles) 1.25 fl ounces API kh test solution bottle, exp. 2019, 2020, 2021
     
    - bottle of 1.25 fl ounces API gh test solution, exp 2019
     
    - (21) 10 ml Aqueon water conditioner packets, don't see an exp date.
     
    - (7) 15ml TetraAqua Aquasafe water conditioner packets with bio extract, don't see an exp date.

    I think that's all for chemicals right now, unless I find more when moving stuff out.
     
     
    Equipment
    -  (3) Still in package floating glass thermometers w/suction cup
     
    - (25+) (15+) Used floating glass thermometer w/suction cup, no idea how well the suction cups are now.
     
    - (3) Plastic 3 way air valve group with no tank clip.
     
    - Plastic 4 way air valve group with tank clip
     
    - Plastic tank clip to hold a 2 way air valve
     
    - Topfin airline connection kit, never opened. Contains 5 individual air plastic valves/two suction cups/and Y valves.
     
    - Around 14 oz of new porous media (looks like pebbles), opened.
     
    - (20) NIB 15w T10 120v light bulbs
     
    - 3/4" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube, length expands
     
    - 7/8" diam, 12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube, length  expands
     
    - 1" diam, ~12" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. The end is cut (manufactured) at a 45 deg angle.
     
    - 2" diam, 11" long clear plastic gravel cleaning tube. Coms with end attachment to make an oval at the inlet 1.5" x 4.25" if desired.
     
    - 4 rolled up lead plant weights
     
    - still in package Cypress Accessories System Holder.  This was a hard to find item at the time for me. Bought for holding 1/2" to 5/8" flexible tubing over the rim of a tank without it kinking. Plastic thumbscrew tightens holder to the rim. Never used.
     
    - (4) (3) (1) Tetra Water Wonder 10g Internal Power Filter #50050-600.  Still In box, never used.  I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it.  Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp.
     
    - (4) (1) Great Choice 10-20g Internal Power Filter, 90 gph flow rate. Still in box, never used. I *think* everything is there, but don't hold me to it.  Keep in mind, this is made for fish and may require modding for shrimp.
     
    - (5) generic 1/2" x 1" blue cylinder sand air stones
     
    - 3/4" generic blue sphere sand air stone
     
    - (7) Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones.  These are white (ceramic?) disks sandwiched on both sides by green plastic.  These were manufactured in the 1970's and designed to be taken apart with a single screw should they ever get clogged.  A toothbrush on the disk, put back together and it's cleaned and works fine again.  My favorite in air stones.  Super hard to find  for them, so when I found them I bought as many as I could.  These are not in package and will need to be cleaned. One is missing the plastic cap on screw, but does not affect performance.
     
    - (3) Still in package and never opened Metaframe Bubble-Up Air Stones.  Read above description.
     
    - San Francisco Bay Brand Shrimp Hatchery (2 Liter bottle square base kind.)
     
    - San Francisco Bay Brand Educational Brand Shrimp Kit still in box, never used. This is the cube with clear jar on top.
     
    - (4) NIB never used OceanAqua Technic fully submersible glass 50 watt heater.  (In tank thermometer recommended to double check settings on any heater.)
     
    - (25+) (19+) (16+) (14+) Used submersible glass heaters. Most are 50 watts. Will require cleaning. No idea on suction cup quality now. When pulled, all heaters worked. Do have a couple 100 watts, and at least one 150 watt. Just tell me how many and the watts you want. (In tank thermometer recommended to double check settings on any heater.)
     
    - NIB never opened Tetra Whisper HOB Power Filter 20, 10-20 gallon, 105 gph.
     
    - used HOB AquaClear Power filter 70, 40-70 gallon. Will need cleaned. Standoff on bottom is missing, so tape a small styro block if needed.
     
    - used Second Nature Whisper HOB Power Filter 2. Looks like 20 gallon? Will need cleaned.
     
    - used Second Nature Whisper HOB Power Filter 2. Looks like 20 gallon? Will need cleaned. *missing inlet tube*
     
    - used HOB Aquatech 5-15. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB Tetra T1 (10-20g?), I added a Top FIn 20g cover. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB Top Fin 10 (at least the cover fits. No indicator on actual filter that I see.) Inlet tube is there, but bottom extension, if you need it, is missing. Will need cleaned.
     
    - used HOB 10g filter. No inlet pipe. Will need cleaned.
     
     -used HOB 10g filter. Will need cleaned.
     
    - HUGE never used HOB filter. Top is missing, so unknown type.  Dimensions are roughly 8 in top to bottom, 14 in across, 6.5 in front to back. Has inlet, but extension pipe is gone. Will need cleaned.
     
    Food
     
    - (21) ~11oz unopened Trial size packet of Tropical flake food
     
    - (5) (4) Sample bags of misc. sizes of Barley
     
    - (2) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - (2) (1) 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - 50g Zebulon Meticulous Snowflake Grain
     
    - 10g Ebi No Seicho Shrimp Rock.  Package opened, but never used.
     
    - 1 oz Organic Fennel Seed Powder from Egypt
     
    - 10g Organic Dried Irish Wild Rose Petal Powder
     
    -  ~70g Astaxanthin Powder.  My own personal warning is don't use this with yellow neos.  If you get this, please share freely with sample packs if anyone wants any. This a HUGE amount.  Dusting of food, or feeding by tooth pick is the way to go. Depending on how many tanks you have, this will last you YEARS!
     
    - bag of dried leaves. Could either contain mulberry, nettle or cherry.  I just kind of threw the  leaves together.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Mulberry leaves from Hungary. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Nettle leaves form Korea. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - Another 1 cup dried and powdered Mulberry leaves from Hungary. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - Another 1 cup dried and powdered Nettle leaves form Korea. Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 1 cup dried and powdered Dandelion leaves from Croatia.  Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    -  Another 1 cup dried and powdered Dandelion leaves from Croatia.  Feed with toothpick. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years.
     
    - 16 oz metal can of C grade, min 65% hatch out rate Brine Shrimp Eggs.  Opened, but very little used. This will last a VERY long time.  Keep it dry/cool, and you may have it for years. Have to hatch them yourself. (see equipment list for hatching supplies if you don't have any.)
     
    - 1 oz jar of Plecocaine powder
     
     
    More items such as food and equipment will be added as I have time. I hope to get mostly everything listed this week.  Most equipment will need to be cleaned.
     
    US shipping only. Message me here at Shimp Spot if interested in anything. If you want me to hold items to ship together (until I've listed almost everything), please message me here and let me know that, too.
     
     
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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 jessaweeshrimp in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    Do you have a pic of it on your filter?
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from jessaweeshrimp in Double Sponge Filter Tricks   
    I don't think rust harms shrimp.  It's just unsightly.
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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 got a reaction from Aquatic Athlete 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 TropicalAquarist in Apistogramma agassizii "fire red"... wait, "double red"... err blue... yellow!?   
    Definitely a male, and very pretty! Females are yellow/black very easy to tell apart. I have the Fire Red Aggasi, they look very different:
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Greenteam in Art   
    Yup paper mache. It was impossible to walk more then 5 ft before we stop for pictures the whole time....
     
    We also made Bloodborne Characters. I was rocking Eileen the Crow (blue) & my buddy was The Hunter (brown). Our swords actually would fold up like in the game and made them from scratch.

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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Greenteam in Art   
    Yeah I think it's a very typical project most art students do at some point. I think I did mine freshmen year in college.
     
    I also will do dumb stuff with my buddy for comic conventions. We made Rick & Morty heads an ran around Supercon & he took them to Dragoncon. I was rocking the Morty head (yellow shirt).

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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ohmiko in Art   
    In class project stippling a long tailed finch


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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ohmiko in Art   
    Collage portrait


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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ohmiko in Art   
    made with wax, ashes, charcoal, burning paper, water soluble ink, water color, white gel pen. My midterm project I smell like fire


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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ohmiko in Art   
    Midterm project
    Human anatomy project.
    I decided to do the anatomy of human vestigial wings 
    Aged the paper with coffee, and dropping ink blots and wax and burning a little to give it character

    Totally not done yet :(((( 
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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to ohmiko in Art   
    did this in class today
     10 different textures 

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    Soothing Shrimp reacted to Mr. F in Art   
    Oh snap, Miko! [emoji15] I saw this and I know you'll appreciate it. Epic two point perspective hack:
    [emoji1303]
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    Soothing Shrimp got a reaction from cyris krow 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 Shrimpapalooza in Post Your Shrimp Pics   
    One day I'll have a better camera but for now these will have to do. My Orange Neos!



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