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Old 07-30-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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DIY PVC Filter

The first thing I was taught about keeping fish was DIY...

With a neighbor with tons of extra plumbing parts, an aquarium, and the DIY bug. Oh! I forgot some beers. Those make a project interesting to say the least.

I've never been happy with most HOB filters, and canisters are too expensive IMHO. So I decided to go DIY, but had a hard time finding a design on the net I liked. (Mostly due to a small surface area on the filter media). I designed one myself with the main idea of surface area of the mechanical filter.

Since I got some ideas from the net, and a open source guy. I wanted to post my plans on the net here.

Please, honest options! I'm always open to improvements.
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I'll have to take more pictures of the second chamber when I do a filter change. I've lost the ones I took earlier. I'll also have exact measurements if anyone is interested...
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I would love the measurements, if possible. This looks like a great idea, and I would love to try it out. Thanks.
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It was a fun DIY, that was for sure. I just purchased a 20G-Long so when I finally have that one about to get going. I'm going to disassemble this filter since it will be going to the new tank and take more pics and measurements.. (Kinda overkill for a 10G).
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Rofl... you did all that for a ten gallon? Wow! Lol! I have been wanting to do something like that for my ten gallon, but the HOB filter works just fine... I need to save my funds for ordering fish online for my new five gallon right now.
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Rofl... you did all that for a ten gallon? Wow!
Well, it's the cleanest water I've seen in a 10G

My fish seem to do nothing but play in the output of the filter. Very fun to watch
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Well, it's the cleanest water I've seen in a 10G

My fish seem to do nothing but play in the output of the filter. Very fun to watch
My guppies like to go up and down in the bubbles.... they are weird.
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I'll have to take more pictures of the second chamber when I do a filter change. I've lost the ones I took earlier. I'll also have exact measurements if anyone is interested...
What did you use to pull the water outta the tank and force it through the filter back into the tank
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I have build my own pvc overflow and made a sump out of my 10g, all by my own plans. I love how useful a little DIY can be. I have a 55g now, and needed a little better filtration than the HOB. Since I had the 10g sitting around, this is actually cheaper and better than buying a good HOB. With the addition of your idea, my tank should be crystal clear! Thanks again, definately following this thread.
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I'm using a intake from a old aquatech 5-15 filter connected to some 5/8 tubing then going directly to my filter connecting by 1/2 pvc with a valve.

After going though the filter, the water exits though another 1/2 pvc with a valve. Then it hits the marineland 1100 pump. (~300GPH) It finally enters the tank via some 3/4 pvc. I had a spray bar here. But the current was to strong. Using the glass to diffuse the current works very well.

Some are probably are going to say that the pump needs to push and not pull though the filter. Gravity seems to feed the pump just fine at the moment. I'm sure that will change once the filter starts to clog. I also have my gravel vac connected to the filter intake when cleaning. The fear of some gravel getting stuck is another reason that the pump is after the filter. But mostly, I emailed marineland and they said honor the warranty regardless of the configuration.

The valves are a must! With both valves closed, the vacuum cause in the taller chamber when I open the shorter chamber prevents any water rushing out and spilling on the floor. (think of a glass under water being lifted out with the open end at the bottom). Just do not open both chambers at the same time with out draining some water out first!
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