Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 07-21-2006, 09:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: California USA
Posts: 6
how to hide canister filter intake/output parts?

I am helping my friend set up a 79 gallon cylindrical acrylic tank. It already has two holes drilled in the bottom. He purchased a Fluval 304 canister filter for the tank, and he is currently building a cylindrical stand for the tank. He wants the filter to be as invisible as possible. He wants to be able to view the fish from all angles. He does not want to see any tubes or hoses associated with the filter either inside the tank or outside. I know that I will have to violate the assembly instruction guide to do this.

Is there any way to do this? I suppose that we will need bulkheads for the two holes in the tank bottom. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps a canister filter is not the way to go. We are open to alternative approaches.

Island Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2006, 01:08 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
I would suggest a cannister. Run the intake up through the bulkhead, and have the skimmer a few inches above the substrate. The outlet would be similar, only I would have it run a few inches higher, and just discharge straight up (assuming that doesn't cause too much surface chop). Some discreet plants and hardscaping would easily hide them.

src is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2006, 11:16 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Sicklid's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Posts: 1,045
What I would do is run your lines through the bulkheads, and inside the tank get another acrylic cylinder a little taller than the bottom of tank to just above the waterline to sleeve over the holes/bulkheads and weld it to the bottom so that this "chamber" will be dry inside... Hang your inlet/outlet on this like it was the rim of your tank, but inside instead of outside... Then you could silicone rocks to this, to hide your inner tube and make a cool "center backdrop". The downside is that you would'nt see through the whole tank at once, but this IMO would be the shizzle. The filter outlet on the bottom won't help the surface exhcange of oxygen much, and the suction/ejection being so close to each other may make a weird current at the bottom that may make your livestock nuts or be inneffective... Acrylic tube wont be cheap tho, either. Maybe you can do it with 4" PVC? Really this is just an "overflow" but you already have the cannister.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg graphic1_595.jpg (23.3 KB, 588 views)
File Type: jpg graphic1_595.jpg (23.3 KB, 427 views)
Sicklid is offline   Reply With Quote

canister, canister filter, filter, intake

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Icky Output Tube (Canister Filter Related) follicle General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 06-10-2009 10:56 AM
Where did you put the intake for the canister filter? Franco7 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 05-26-2005 07:58 PM
Where did you put the intake for the canister filter? Franco7 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 05-26-2005 11:17 AM
Repair parts for a Magnum 350 Canister Filter? critter905 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 02-14-2005 09:49 AM
need canister filter parts frshwaterfinatc Archive 1 10-15-2004 12:26 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.