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Old 01-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Making a canister filter?

Does anyone have any experience in making their own canister filter? My husband has "cut my fish budget" so now I have a 60gal tank with no filter :-( I understand the basic concept of making one however I really need some assistance with the details of it. So if anyone knows and is willing to walk me through it, I would greatly appreciate it
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My hubby is a plumber so I can "borrow" anything from our garage
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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There are a plethora of videos on YouTube. Of course you still have to purchase a pump. But even still you should still be able to to create something superior to store bought for half the price.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:59 AM   #3
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I've been watching you tube videos all night. Starting to go cross eyed. Thanks for the tip. Can't believe I didn't think of it. D'uh moment what can I say? Lol
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I've been watching you tube videos all night. Starting to go cross eyed. Thanks for the tip. Can't believe I didn't think of it. D'uh moment what can I say? Lol
Lol! Yeah I stumbled upon it myself. Im in the process of building a canister/sump filter as well. Youtube seems to be a valuable resource for just about any DIY project. keep us posted as you make progress.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:27 PM   #5
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Today I worked on the seams on the tank. I'm redoing them, the tank is over ten years old. I did manage to find some sweet canisters in the garage. I'm thinking they'll be perfect. Wanna see?
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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I do!

I've consdered this type of project also, but have lacked the fortitude to actual begin!
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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I'd love to say it was "fortitude" that started all of this for me, sadly it was "budget" that was the culprit. Lol
Here's the canisters I hope hubby doesn't miss them
I've got two of them. Inlets and outlets built right in the top. I think they should work well don't you?
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Yes, those are nice! Have you figured any particulars yet? What media to use, how to mount them? I like the idea of using those because you can always increase capacity. Keep the pics coming.
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What type of canister is that? And how much was it and where did you get it lol?? Id love to build one also.
This is what I had planned on doing
Taking a canister and setting a pump in the bottom and use sponges and bags of bio balls and rings. Fill it up with just those two. And have the pump pumping water from the bottom threw a hose to the outlet tube
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:12 AM   #10
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I really wish I could give you the details of price and what not. I'll tell you where I got them, my garage (hubbys work crap) free he's a plumber maybe check some plumbing wholesalers? They come with their own mounting systems and even a wrench like tool to open the canisters once they're mounted. I'll ask him more details after I've got these set up. Right now I'm working in ninja mode I haven't configured what media to use as of yet just gathering the items I think would work first.
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