I have the same in a 10 gallon. My Cherries are breeding like rabbits. I used to worry that the fry would get sucked up in the filter but now with so many, I can afford to lose a couple.
Man, I wish I got a commission! LOL -- Glad to be of a help. My friend swears by those intakes.Thanks DBL, that is just what I was looking for. I tried the nylon route but it clogged up way too quick. The AC sponge is a great idea too, but I think I will be ordering one of these tomorrow.
Same here. What I do with my Aqua Clear is I leave the filter running, lift the tube and when the prefilter breaks the surface I scoop it with a white/fine net. Some pieces fall off but I usually get most of it.The only problem with the prefilters or panty hose etc, at least in my tank, is that they gradually fill up with detritus which impairs the water circulation. It's also a mess when you turn off your pump to clean it as everything dumps back into your tank. When I have something over my intake I typically have to clean it once every week or two or the water flow slows to a trickle.