Cleaning tanks with Shrimp in them

BarryH

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I'm a bit worried about the weekend water change now that I've got shrimp in the tropical tank, especially about sucking them up the cleaner. Can I ask what everyone else uses and how they avoid this?

The gravel cleaner I use has no filter in the tube but the tube is clear so at least I can closely watch what's going up there. I've asked someone on Facebook page to try and print me a plastic filter to fit inside the tube I have. Hopefully that would be a big help. Can't really believe I've become so attached to the little buggers.
 

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Syphon your water into say a yellow 40 Litre bucket, which enables one to see any "accidentals" a lot easier. When all is clear I pump the water out onto my front lawn.

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From past experience i rarely ever sucked up shrimp unless they actually swap up/near the tube. I use a python for water changes and i have found that one of the little plant pots you get with aquarium plants fits perfectly and acts as a guard giving me enough time to react. Also i would just wave my hand near them to clear the area before hoovering or use the tube to guard them off. They are pretty fast in general so be able to swim/jump away before being sucked up.

You could also just put some filter floss in the end of the tube so nothing gets up the tube and the floss will catch all the detritus.
 

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I bought some rigid 22mm pipe, a couple of elbows, a stop end and a hosetail. I made them into a U shape so the pipe goes up and over the tank and then down into the water to the substrate. The pipe is capped with a stop end and then for the first 4-5 inches up somethe substrate I drilled a load of 3mm holes. The pipe/holes are then covered with sponge. On the other end is the hosetail which then attaches to flexible pipe. It works well, stays in place and the sponges prevent the shrimp being sucked up. I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow when I'm home if that would help?
 

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I bought some rigid 22mm pipe, a couple of elbows, a stop end and a hosetail. I made them into a U shape so the pipe goes up and over the tank and then down into the water to the substrate. The pipe is capped with a stop end and then for the first 4-5 inches up somethe substrate I drilled a load of 3mm holes. The pipe/holes are then covered with sponge. On the other end is the hosetail which then attaches to flexible pipe. It works well, stays in place and the sponges prevent the shrimp being sucked up. I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow when I'm home if that would help?
Yes please, I'm open to all suggestions and have a pretty decent workshop where all manner of odd items get made.
 

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First water change with the shrimp and everything went fine. I managed to get a couple of white buckets so I could spot if anything went up the tube. Still searching for a yellow bucket as that should make the cherries even easier to see.
 

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Yes please, I'm open to all suggestions and have a pretty decent workshop where all manner of odd items get made.

Better late than never.

Here's the pics of my water change thing. I made it so that the end sits on the substrate and drilled the holes in the pipe up to about 40% up the height of the tank. That way I don't have to worry if I'm not watching it, the syphon will automatically break. The sponges I bought from my local koi/pond place and they just slide over and stop the shrimp getting sucked up. The hose is 10 metres long so I just syphon the water straight out into the garden. I then attach the end to the mixer tap in the kitchen and use it to fill the tank as well
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Better late than never.

Here's the pics of my water change thing. I made it so that the end sits on the substrate and drilled the holes in the pipe up to about 40% up the height of the tank. That way I don't have to worry if I'm not watching it, the syphon will automatically break. The sponges I bought from my local koi/pond place and they just slide over and stop the shrimp getting sucked up. The hose is 10 metres long so I just syphon the water straight out into the garden. I then attach the end to the mixer tap in the kitchen and use it to fill the tank as well

Thanks for posting the images, Really well thought out, brilliant idea.
 

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