Stopping things getting sucked into Powerheads

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Hey all. 

Im curious to know what you guys use to stop things getting sucked into and blended in your powerheads.  Any pics would be interesting to see.

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Reply #1

I've nothing on mine it's either blended or stuck in the impeller , I suppose it would depend on what your looking to keep out of them . Maybe a cut down nylon filter sock or similar with a tie wrap to secure it over the PH may work but would fairly cut down flow .

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well i just got a lettuce nudibranch who likes to let go of things a float around the tank.  Adrenaline junkie i guess.

Was thinking about nipping upstairs to cut a hole into a pair of the missus tights.

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Reply #3

sponge around the power head, but need regular cleaning :)

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Reply #4

Tights will work too. Sponge would better, as it'll give a bit of a gap between the edge of the powerhead and the slug if it does end up on there, so flow can pass by and it has a chance to crawl away.

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Reply #5

Sponge is a big ugly though isnt it.  I guess you cant have everything you want. 

Im not sure that this is actually going to be an issue with my little sea slug though.  So far he has found a spot on the front of the glass and not moved from it for 2 days.  I suspect that at some point he will die there and fall off :(

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Just in case you haven't seen them yet, I think they do 2 or 3 sizes to fit their power heads.

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Reply #7

try this the mesh was left over from a tank mesh cover i had but you could use other type of nylon mess (i guess garden centre ?)  ,i just did a quick set up to show you's using one layer of mesh and a tie clip  . if you doubled the mesh over and tie clip and then trim excess off it should to the trick, you got no clogging and no flow restriction as you would with sponge's.
yous all be doing it now  :lol:

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Reply #8

Nice and simple - always a good thing  :grin:

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Reply #9

an even better way of doing it is using darice mesh. doesn't flex as much, smaller holes but still allow plenty of flow.

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you need the flex to wrap it round the head and also darice mesh has smaller holes which in turn will trap crap and restrict the flow in time if you don't keep up with cleaning it. the picture i posted only took me 3 mins to do, but by doubling the mesh and with more time i could do a better job and it was just an idea

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you need the flex to wrap it round the head and also darice mesh has smaller holes which in turn will trap crap and restrict the flow in time if you don't keep up with cleaning it. the picture i posted only took me 3 mins to do, but by doubling the mesh and with more time i could do a better job and it was just an idea

See i was thinking more on the lines of just the sides. I suppose the only risk of something getting in the front of a wavemaker is if you have it with a long pause or if you turn it off for maintenance.  :grin:

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Reply #12

See i was thinking more on the lines of just the sides. I suppose the only risk of something getting in the front of a wavemaker is if you have it with a long pause or if you turn it off for maintenance.  :grin:

That's the only time I've had anything crawl into any of my PH's too while off when using the wave controller , although I think if anything went in the front of the Koralia's I'm currently using it's more likely to stop the blades . The controller isn't very good , the heads are pretty weakly powered and the blades slow down at the sight of any algae seaweed sheets  , but on the good side they do have diffusers that go on the fronts that change the angle of flow and would probably stop anything crawling in if I used them lol

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