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DIY mini filters

PostPosted:23 Jan 2020 04:07
by Opae157
Hi guys am thinking of adding a filter to my opae ula tank and would like some input.
- would the opaes be frightened of the filer and water flow and go into hiding?
- if no what type do you guys use.
- maybe starting an new tank 30cm by 30 cm by 7cm hahaha
- may want to try out filter set up

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:23 Jan 2020 04:23
by opae ula related
You can do whatever with your tank but a filter is not necessary.

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:24 Jan 2020 16:04
by odin
- would the opaes be frightened of the filer and water flow and go into hiding? - If it is too strong yes they will hide.
- if no what type do you guys use. - id advise a normal sponge filter that is air pump driven if you really want to use a filter... like this style:

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As @opae ula related stated, they really are not needed.

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 00:29
by Opae157
@odin, alright will do but will the air pump disrupt the water too much and increase water flow too much?

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 03:15
by Vorteil
In my opinion it would disrupt the water flow. I do have a two of my 10 gallons tanks that currently have 2 sponge filters in there but that was due to getting the tank set up and cycled. Algae is already showing so I will remove both soon.

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 07:51
by Opae157
@Vorteil, hmm alright will think about it hahaha maybe use for tank cycling first

DIY mini filters

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 10:09
by odin
With these sponge filters you can use a valve inline on the pipe and adjust the power of the flow by restricting it he air coming in, you can also have the outlet at the top of the filter above the water level so it just trickles back into your tank.

Give it a try and if the shrimp hide and don’t breed ever you will have your answer. :happy:

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:31 Jan 2020 16:53
by Vorteil
Because of the way we raise the opae the water stays clean & clear. If we were feeding all the time with a high protein diet then a filter would be required. All of this is really not needed. Think about the environment that the baby opae are living in. I believe the stay in the lava tubes where it's cooler and very little water movement. I've been very successful with no filter or air and my opae are breeding every week.

I think I will leave one of my tanks with a sponge filter in it to see how it does.

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:02 Feb 2020 19:44
by Owlbit
I had a sponge filter on my 2.5g when I first set it up, but removed it. I came from the mindset that tanks needed the best filters and blah blah blah so it felt alien to not have a filter on my tank. I found that in my case, the small filter could only be turned down so low and it still made annoying bubbling sounds and saltwater creep. The filter is unnecessary. These shrimps have a low bioload (even with a nerite snail) and as long as you aren't over feeding the tank, the water should be clear. My shrimps and snail seem happy and active without a care in their own little world. I have had my shrimps 6 months now.

Re: DIY mini filters

PostPosted:04 Feb 2020 02:50
by Opae157
ahhh alright. hahah because i had my shrimps over 2 years now and no signs of berried. only once and only 2 larvae. i upgraded to bigger tank and still no berried so thinking what is the issue so getting a even bigger tank hahahah i have 11 opaes