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Old 10-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #11
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the filter in the link is different then what I am doing, I am going to use 3 pieces of pvc each separated and connected with 1" pipe, each filled with it's own media, so in a sense I will have 12-16" of each type of media, in it's own pipe, should be good that way, the contact time with the media will be higher this way, than up sizing the pipe.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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here is a realy rough drawing.
4" pvc is about 12" long, and has caps on bottom and threaded caps on top.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:04 PM   #13
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So in a sense your making this:

Value Line 3 Stage Water Filter
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:10 PM   #14
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yea, i suppose, only for an aquarium and not drinkable water.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:48 AM   #15
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Filter media really isn't any different: Filters: 5 micron spun poly, high holding depth sediment filter, 1 micron carbon block filter, 5 micron coconut shell granular activated carbon filter.

Only thing your design has is more flow?
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:16 AM   #16
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Filter media really isn't any different: Filters: 5 micron spun poly, high holding depth sediment filter, 1 micron carbon block filter, 5 micron coconut shell granular activated carbon filter.

Only thing your design has is more flow?
which is the important thing, the system you shown has no pump, cost $169(pump is another $80) and has inlet/out of 3/4" which is almost impossible to do any aquarium that is over 30 gallons, the pump would run dry with only 3/4" fill and 3/4" return. Mine will cost total of $100 and with 1"-1 1/2" fill and 1" return will easily do my 75 gallon, and leaves room for a pump and/or tank upgrade in the future.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:50 PM   #17
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Only thing i would change would to add end caps and have your water in and outs on the ends, then you won't have the 90* turn IN the filter, but outside of it. I think that over time would mess up the media. To build it wouldnt even cost that much. Your pump is going to be the most expensive thing there. I say have some fun and see what happens. Look on craigslist for a pond pump or something, you can still adjust the flow with a ball valve as well if its too much right?
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:58 PM   #18
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if I put the in/out on the ends, i couldn't stand it up, so I believe the 2 elbows won't hurt so much especially if i use a bigger pump, Leaning towards a quiet one 4000(1000+ GPH at 6' lift)
I have decided to get rid of the elbows in between like new pic shows:
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:24 PM   #19
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ah yeah that would make more sense. How are you going to mount it? If its on a wall, then you could do the in/out on the ends...
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I have some PVC Brackets that we use to hold the PVC vertically on a wall, I will put them in my stand against the backk of it, and use them to hold it up, but they will be "standing" on the bottom so in/out on top/bottom, wouldn't work.
I am currently searching our supply book for some type of PVC holder/bracket, that would allow me to do what you suggested, it is a good idea.
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