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Old 03-23-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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DIY Filter

I have seen where people use PVC pipe with holes drilled in it as an undersand filter, does anyone have any experience with this? Would it be worth trying out or not?
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Anyone know if under gravel filters can be used with sand? If so what kind of sand?
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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Sand would clog the filter, but what size is the tank. Diy Canisters are easy to make. Plus they are pretty cheap.
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Anyone know if under gravel filters can be used with sand? If so what kind of sand?

I think it would be an uphill battle with sand.....
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Sand would clog the filter, but what size is the tank. Diy Canisters are easy to make. Plus they are pretty cheap.
Okay so no go on sand, but either in a 30in long x 13in wide x 23in tall tank or a 15 gallon tank
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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DIY PVC pipe Canister Filter. Step by step. - DIY Aquarium Projects - Aquatic Plant Central
Thats a pretty good guide to making one.
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Thanks! I'll give it a try
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #8
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I don't understand why anyone prefers to suck their aquariums bio load into their substrate. What is the benefit to an under gravel filter?
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I'm guessing it's because the substrate provides a huge surface area to grow bacteria for filtration.

I'm no expert but it doesn't sound ideal to me because you cannot perform any form of pre-filtering, and so you end up with fish food etc sitting there.
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I'm guessing it's because the substrate provides a huge surface area to grow bacteria for filtration.

I'm no expert but it doesn't sound ideal to me because you cannot perform any form of pre-filtering, and so you end up with fish food etc sitting there.
That's what I was thinking. Thanks.
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