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Old 02-27-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Pool filter for aquarium?

I just had a thought, i saw an ad on craigslist for a pool filter. I got wondering if it would be possible to use one on an aquarium. Something like Swimming Pool Sand Filter ... From what i would think, the sand would act as the mechanical and biological filter. What would you think? The one i saw was for sale for $100 and was identical to this one. Any possible problems using something like this? Obviously flow wouldnt be an issue if a spraybar was used...
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Probably would be OK if you have maybe a 5,000g tank. That has a 1 hp motor and I wouldn't even try to guess how many gph that pushes....maybe in the 5,000-6,000 gph range?
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well if its about 5000-6000 gph, then a 500g tank should be ok too lol. That'd be 10x gph. Or maybe 250g sw tank lol (20xs turnover)
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I think that is a filter for a smaller above ground pool. Basically a step up from a kiddie pool. You know the kind, the ones with the plastic sides that you see so many people breaking/sides give out in youtube clips. May not be as many gph as you might think. Still not sure how effective it would be.
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the ratings, according to the craigslist ad, said it was rated at around 1600gph... i just found a link to one that looks like it. thats not too excessive for my 150g is it? How do you think the sand would do as a mechanical and bio filter?
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Pool filter for a tank

a swimming pool filter moves a lot of water, and the way you clean the filters is with a backwash, that reverses the flow of the water and pumps the water backwards out of the sand onto the ground or into a drain, that takes about 50 -60 gallons of water wasted backwards out of your tank.
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the backwash cycle would be great for water changes then! This thing is sounding better and better lol. now if i could only find something wrong with the idea to keep me from buying it...
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That's $100 you could be spending on fish lol.
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no, if i look at it like that, thats almost $200 i can spend on fish... i've been planning on buying an fx5 with my tax return since i set up the tank, if i bought this, i would have alot more to spend on fish lol
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but you already have a filter, so if you didn't buy one, that's $300 you could spend on fish lol
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