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Old 12-27-2012, 09:15 PM
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Default With large fronts, any need for intake strainer?

So I'm thinking of just removing the intake strainer on my FX5 in my "large" frontosa tank. With 6" - 14" fronts, is there any reason to leave the strainer on? Obviously they are too large to get sucked in. Is there a chance of damaging fins if they swim too close to the intake without a strainer on it?

Just trying to make the tank look a bit more "natural" (easier to hide intake when it doesn't have a huge strainer on it).
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The only thing I can think of is large particles may get in the fx5 and ruin it. Also if the front is weak (got beat up or something) he/she may not be able to pull themselves from it.
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I would leave the strainer in. The vacuum on that intake will increase without it.
You can try hiding it behind rocks to make it more visually appealing.
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I'd swap out the strainer for a intake sponge filter kit ;)
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+1 on the sponge idea
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The thing with the sponge kit is that your filter can't really suck up the loose fish waste and extra food like the standard intake can. I cut out every other tab on all my intakes to allow larger peices of debris to get sucked up so i don't have to keep cleaning the grate all the time. I've got my intake behind a strawberry pot i have in the tank as a decoration.
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