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Old 01-14-2012, 12:30 AM   #41
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Here's a drawing of what i did:
What kind of motor do you use on them? Are they all connected to one motor or separate motors?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:43 PM   #42
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Making progress, yes it's slow going. I'm being very careful and honestly I think I might be getting high off of the glue! Lol!
Note for others * it's toxic wear a mask *
I've even resorted to "child labor"
Here's a couple pics so far..
Next step, the actual install
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How are you setting the pump up? Is it goin to draw from the aquarium and push through the filter or draw from the filter and push into the tank?
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:08 AM   #44
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I'm drawing from the tank, I have a bio sponge on the intake, feeding into the pump then going into the carbon and then another bio and then back into the tank. I'm hoping the filter on the intake is going to do two things one, trap the larger particles, which will help not to bunk up my carbon filter as fast and two supply more bio to the tank. This is my first time ever doing something like this so any input is welcomed
Last round of pictures tonight this girl is tired. Didn't get to do a wet run yet. Waiting for the "stinky" glue to cure before I do.
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What is the gph on that pump, and how much was it?
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:27 AM   #46
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Wow! you have made tremendous progress. and It looks great also. Your Son? does great work.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:36 AM   #47
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Just curious as to the running total, or at least an estimate. I would like to upgrade mine as well, and id like to know if this is more cost effective than CLing a used one.
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Hi

I appreciate the fact this is a thread about canister filter, but was curious to know of you had concurred maybe an internal floating bed filter?

They are extremely cheap to build and you can run multiply tanks off one large air-pump. They are also really good filters that really help the water quality.

There are two designs you can choice from. One which uses an old 1 litre coke bottle turned upside down. With some wholes drilled at top and bottom an air line/ airdrome optional and some k1 filter media.

The other is the same only incorporates a elbow and a piece of pipe with more wholes or slots drilled and a sponge. Look up homemade bed filter and homemade floating bed filters on you tube. I've made 3 and it cost me a fiver.
Heres a pic of mine I made. Only I managed to find so spare parts in a bargin bucket at my lfs that cost me 2 I just gotta put an old price of media sponge inside the grey inlet strainer. Hope you like it?
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The pump was sitting in my garage. I don't know the gph? I know it's made to do whole buildings so I figured with my ball valves I can control the flow through them. I wish I could give a proper running total for you guys, right now, out of pocket I am sitting at $27.64. That was for the bag of 90s and a length of pipe. The rest of the stuff I found kicking around the house. I can ask my husband what the actual cost would be if you had to buy it all, but then I'd have to show him everything I took. See my predicament? Lol!
Yes, that was my son, I figured he's the reason we picked up the tank so he should put some work into it too. Besides it doesn't hurt an 8 year old to learn a trade young does it!?
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I appreciate the fact this is a thread about canister filter, but was curious to know of you had concurred maybe an internal floating bed filter?

They are extremely cheap to build and you can run multiply tanks off one large air-pump. They are also really good filters that really help the water quality.

There are two designs you can choice from. One which uses an old 1 litre coke bottle turned upside down. With some wholes drilled at top and bottom an air line/ airdrome optional and some k1 filter media.

The other is the same only incorporates a elbow and a piece of pipe with more wholes or slots drilled and a sponge. Look up homemade bed filter and homemade floating bed filters on you tube. I've made 3 and it cost me a fiver.
Heres a pic of mine I made. Only I managed to find so spare parts in a bargin bucket at my lfs that cost me 2 I just gotta put an old price of media sponge inside the grey inlet strainer. Hope you like it?
Dan
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I've seen the bottle filters in other tanks too and think they're pretty ingenious ideas! From what I hear they work really good too. Yours looks great! The only thing I wasn't sure about was if they'd be enough for larger tanks? All the ones I saw were operating in the 5-29gal tanks. I think it's fantastic that more people are looking into DIY projects. For me personally I've found I've learned far more this time around. With my other tanks I just set it up with what came in the box and cycled it. (not knocking it, just saying I've enjoyed this route more)
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