That sucks. I hear you though, the town I live in has lost a lot of our smaller shops too. I searched wholesalers on google but I don't know what's close to you so here's the link. Maybe you can find someone close (driving distance) or maybe they could ship it to you. http://www.google.ca/search?q=plumbi...&client=safari
Will do, I'm having some issues with it though. I don't know if I should run two or three of these canisters? One for pre carbon (that will hold something to filter the big stuff) then the carbon and then the bio and then run the pump? Plus I have to put shut off valves in between each one and I'm not sure if I should just drop the pipe into the tank or try to run it along the back wall of the tank. There's so many configurations that could work, but I also want to keep it simple and sleek so it's not an eyesore in the tank. So far I've drawn up two and ripped up two. Lol!
I was thinking, instead of their specially designed filters, just fill it full of biological media, an cutting a large sponge and sitting it on to of the bio media at the top so the sponge would filter the large stuff and there would be alot of bio media
I've been tossing that idea around too. The only thing preventing me from using the same things that you would in the fluvals and what not is my husband. He's looking at the cost of the media and filters from the lfs versus what he has already here at home. Plus I'm not entirely sure how the canisters would function properly without the filters directing the water?
That diagram looks great! The only challenge I see is within the canister itself. I can't figure out how to channel the water down to the bottom of the canister. There's no pipe in the middle of there and no way to put one in either :-( that's another reason that I'm constricted to using the filters that are made for these.