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I have a baby shrimp in a separate container but I want to put it back into the big tank but I think my current intake of the HOB filter is too big/ strong. I want to get a sponge filter but I'm not very sure what they are. Is it just a round cylindrical piece of sponge that I attach to the intake of my HOB filter or is it a whole piece of equipment itself with the HOB part? If I don't get a sponge filter, would it be okay to use a mesh bag and hang it in the water so my baby shrimp can live there?

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I use this one from Angelfish plus, the best.

I use only sponge filter in my 10 gallon TB tank. works great.

 

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You can get from Swisstropicals.com as well, more expensive.

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what makes it "The best" James?    Im not disbelieving, just curious.  They all seem so much the same. 

 

It lasts for a long time, I have sponges from 6 years ago when I kept angelfish, still looks new and works well. I heard people still use it for more than 10 years.

 

It doesn't clog easily

 

It holds up the shape well

 

it's cheap, only $5 for 4" cube sponge filter.

 

high performance, I have one 4" cube sponge filter in my 29 gallon tank with couple hundreds of CRS. I noticed the water turned to crystal clear after 3 days. and for now, it's still the only filter in that tank.

 

For the massive production sponge filter in the market, you have to replace it every year. it just too soft to keep the shape after a while.

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ok.. maybe Ill order one!  I wanted to start seeding a new sponge filter anyway

 

I will recommended 4.25" black 30ppi cube sponge filter.

 

I have one in all my shrimp tank.

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http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquarium-Cylinder-Sponge-Filter/dp/B005LMQCW2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430589325&sr=8-1&keywords=sponge+filter

http://www.amazon.com/XY-2822-Double-Sponge-Filter-Aquarium/dp/B005VAFGKI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1430589325&sr=8-3&keywords=sponge+filter

http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Professional-40-Ammonia-Submersible/dp/B005DGI4PY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430589389&sr=8-1&keywords=deep+blue+sponge+filter

 

Those are all different styles of sponge filter.  I just grabbed the first three I could find.  You attach them to  a air pump.  They are great for building beneficial bacteria and shrimp love to hang on them and eat all the particles that stick to them. 

 

 

For your HOB filter intake you need 

http://www.hanaquatics.com/ss-filter-guard/    or 

http://www.amazon.com/Pre-Filter-Sponge-Pack-Fluval-Aquarium/dp/B004K9A15G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430589499&sr=8-1&keywords=fluval+filter+intake+sponge

 

These will cover your intake and keep babies from getting sucked up.

I was looking at the 2 websites for the HOB filter. I don't get how you attach it to the filter. The intake has a diameter of around 4cm (i think?), so how do I fit the sponge part around it? Do I take the black part of the intake out, leaving the tube before I fit the sponge in?

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I've never tried the SS Filter guard type in that first link. I've tried the fluval intake sponges and they work well. You should be able to just fit it onto the intake like this

 

http://i.imgur.com/tt4FR.jpg

 

You just need to shake it off in a bucket of tank water once it needs some cleaning. I guess that shouldn;t be too often in a shrimp tank though.

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They both just slide right on  lexi.  The sponge one is one size fits all if I remember correctly, the stainless steel one is made to fit each different brand of HOB filter. 

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no doubt these cube sponges are awesome, but you loose a lot of space with them vs the dual sponge suction cup style.

thats my only negative about the cubes.  but if you have the space available for sure a must have!

 

That's true.

 

It's about the half surface area compare to corner HMF. the benefit is you can move it around and from tank to tank.

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