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Old 02-23-2007, 10:13 AM   #91
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You should add the costs of the materials for the wet/dry filter just in case someone here would also like to make one.
For example, add the cost of each piece then add the total cost.
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:11 PM   #92
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Now I have to say, that is one of the most clever ways of putting together a trickle /wet/dry I have ever seen! Great job!!

I wanna be your friend! You are full of great ideas!
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Old 02-23-2007, 11:20 PM   #93
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You should add the costs of the materials for the wet/dry filter just in case someone here would also like to make one.
Good idea I'll tally it up somtime theis weekend...just a quick guess, about 20.00 without the pump and heater


I wanna be your friend! You are full of great ideas!

Gotta warn ya "buddy ole pal" it even scares me sometimes...LOL
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LOL....That's ok! My wife tells me I'm too full of it...oh wait...that's 2 different things isn't it....just kidding....I'm impressed with your work....!!
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:17 AM   #95
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You said in your materials list that you used two BIC pens?

What are the pens for?
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:57 AM   #96
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What are the pens for?
To right down the instructions ...LOL

I cut the tube from the pens to make the little support that holds the baskets apart...see 3rd pic


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Old 02-24-2007, 01:40 AM   #97
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Oh come ON. You have to be making this stuff up!

Oh, wait...that's exactly what you're doing. Yikes. You're scaring me.

That is SO COOL!!!!
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:31 PM   #98
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I made some changes to the filter...hooked everything up, and filled the tank...it works... no leaks...I had put down a layer of shultz aquatic soil earlier in the week, and the water was real cloudy when we filled it...the water was clear by the time we finished dinner...Did a little landscaping...and WE ARE DONE....I will post the pics later tonight...

Here is a cost breakdown for the filter as per "leoslizards" sugestion

Sterlite file box for sump (holds 10 gallons plus) 7.99 wallmart
3-Sterlite baskets 5.91 wallmart
6-bags plastic scrubbies 6.00 dollar general
filter floss 3.50 lb local craft store
1-airstone / line est. 3'@ 1.50 7.50est. petsmart
3/4 PVC adapters 1-male / 1-female .65fleet farm
1-1/2 PVC female adapters .39 "
1-3/4 PVC T .39 "
2-3/4 PVC caps .38 "
1-3/4 PVC union 2.39 "
1-1/2 PVC union 1.79 "
24" 3/4 PVC .31 "
24" 1/2 PVC .24 "
2-3/4 PVC 90 .46 "
2-1/2 PVC 90 .38 "
Total 37.89

1-200w stealth heater 19.99 Drs F&S
1-quiet one 1200 pump 24.99 Drs F&S
2-bic pens free
Total 82.87

we where at a LSF yesterday and saw an "all-glass Mega flow wet/dry" for 238.00 for the small one...

pics and summary to come...
It's Later
I made some changes to the filter...Instead of hose and compression fittings to make the hook up I opted for PVC pipe,and unions...



A shot from inside...


The filter is working great...the water is clear, and it didn't take much to get the flows balanced....I removed 1/2 of the scrubbies, and 1/2 the floss from the test filter to place in the new one...cycle should be fast and smooth....

looking back I realized I never posted the lighting...
not much to post actually....I took 4 standard screw in sockets....wired them in series, and mounted them on stand-offs(made of corian of course)....I will use a screw in florescent with a mix of 13 and 23 watts giving me 1.8 watts per gallon...they are daylight bulbs at 5600k...



I tried to come up with a price tag for this project, but it has been hard to track...some material I had...some was free...and in the middle I was given the 55gal, which I set up and used to test...to date I have spent between 225.00 and 275.00, but that has given me 2 complete setups...

The finished tank...


The test tank...


I'm going to close out this post with a big THANK YOU to everyone who has veiwed and commented on it...This project has been very satisfying, and your response much appreciated...I will move to the getting started forum and log my progress as the tank develops and matures...

Thanks again...I'm glad I found this place
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I can't see any pics why!?
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:15 PM   #100
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I'm not sure...looking at the post now, and there all there
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