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Old 08-02-2011, 08:28 PM   #11
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I'm actually thinking of wrapping some quilt bating around the micron filter. Hoping that this will help the micron filter last a bit longer. (not an issue right now, just thinking ahead). I don't like the small amount of polyfil that I have right now.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:55 AM   #12
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I'm actually thinking of wrapping some quilt bating around the micron filter. Hoping that this will help the micron filter last a bit longer. (not an issue right now, just thinking ahead). I don't like the small amount of polyfil that I have right now.
What kind of glue/sealant did you use to put it all together, and can u show me how the pumps are situated one the filter and what is the tall tube and what is the bottom tube
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:31 AM   #13
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I glued the pvc with a normal pvc glue, and used 100% acetone to clean the connections. After the glue dried, I flushed it with tap water a few hours every day for a week to get the glue odor out. Then I let it sit in the open air for a few days while my pump arrived. When it finally did, I ran it fill of water and activated carbon. After this there was not a slightest hint of smell from the glue.

As far as the short and tall sections. The short section does course to medium mechanical filtration. (depends how tight I wrap the filter media around the 3/4 pipe. I have a picture of this piece in the op). This then goes though the pipe at the bottom into the taller section. In the taller section.

In the taller section. The water is going to pass though some quilt batting, then though a 30 micron house hold water filter that you can pick up at almost any hardware store. (I want to use a larger size micron filter, but having a hard time finding any). The way I have the micron filter in place is hard to explain, I'll have pictures and a video to show how I built it. But after the micron filter, the water then passes though some activated carbon. (temporally there for now, after the filter is "broke in" I'll stop using it). Then finally though some bio media before reaching the pump to be pumped back into the tank.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:54 AM   #14
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Man I really wanna do that for the 30g I will be getting soon. I'm a DIY kinda person. Love building things. I understand the concept but were is the pump that pulls the water outta the tank located at. Is it in the tank or what and the second one is were also. Sorry I'm making this complicated but I wanna build one also
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There is only one pump, it is a Marineland 1100. It is located behind my tank, on the right hand corner. With it there, it is a strait shot up into the return for the tank.

Like it said, Hopefully I'll have more pics and a video of the entire filter and it's connections.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #16
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Very Nice, I love this DIY project. Looks very efficient
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I promised videos and here they are...

Two things....

I just my phone to record this. For some reason the video and audio tends to drop out.

Second, I never recorded something that I did myself before. I'm nervous and my speech is far from perfect. So please try ignore all the "umms" awkward pauses and repeats.

First video is the first chamber that catches the large particles.
‪DIY PVC chamber 1‬‏ - YouTube

Second Video is what is in the chamber that catches the finer particles and biomedia.
‪DIY PVC chamber 2‬‏ - YouTube

Putting it all together....
‪DIY PVC assembly‬‏ - YouTube

I'll have the lengths hopefully soon. Power just failed and running on UPS power...

Please let me know that you think!
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Very nice. That looks great
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Funny thing is i made one just like this with 3 chamber.
ill have a drawing out....


I use this with all my tank .. pretty much every single tank/jar is run by this filter... my betta drip system also run through this filter... the water pump everything back out to every single tank/jar.. note that every jar is connc with a controll vav to lower the drip...

in each chamber you pretty much add whatever you like, like filter floss, bio max, bio ball, bio whatever you name it...

also you can turn my design into a DIY RO system to filter your old tank water so u can reused the nasty tank water over n over and save money on water bills ... the stuff u use will have to be the same stuff a RO system use...
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:09 PM   #20
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Where do you get these designs
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