Do you use the sponge prefilter on your internal sump pump?

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Do you use the sponge prefilter on your internal sump pump?

  1. Yes.

    38.5%
  2. No.

    61.5%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Do you use the sponge prefilter on your internal sump pump?
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  3. jtReef

    jtReef Ritteri Anemone

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    Just my thoughts.
    I say no.
    If you do it can become clogged and thus will reduce your flow.
    If in a sump or fuge, and depending on the design only tiny bits of junk will get in anyways and those should not hurt your pump at all when it goes through.
    The positives however are to keep anything away from the pump that could clogged it or to create another area for beneficial bacteria.
     
  4. m_lacom99

    m_lacom99 Stylophora

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    Right now no. But im thinking of adding the filter/carbon attachment to my pump (aquaclear 702) cause right now i have a bag of carbon in my sump thats not getting enough flow.

    Marc.
     
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    jtReef Ritteri Anemone

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    You could also put the carbon at the end of your overflow so that it does not put more strain on your pump
     
  6. m_lacom99

    m_lacom99 Stylophora

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    Now why didnt i think about that one. :confused: Thanks

    Marc.
     
  7. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I do not have an internal return pump but I did.

    I voted no as well. I use This
    on the overflows to catch debre prior to is entering the sump. I change them every 3 days and pop them into the washing machine. Work Great

    J
     
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  9. coral reefer

    coral reefer Giant Squid

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    Funny you should bring that up as I just removed my prrefilter sponges for my sump return and the pump running my skimmer. The water was slowing down as the sponge was blocking the water flow...I took them off to clean them, but i think I will leave them off to allow the pumps to work more freely and have a stronger water flow!!!!!
     
  10. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    No,
    My water goes through a sponge filter before it goes into the pump chamber in my sump/fuge.

    Jim
     
  11. szidls

    szidls Feather Duster

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    No I use a filter sock from the overflow drain.
    Scott:)
     
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  12. chetrod

    chetrod Peppermint Shrimp

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    I use one because I had a snail sneak in to my pump before no good. Also if I put a strainer on the return pump then I reduce its power. I rinse the sponge every week.
     
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