Originally Posted by Mr Ray
Thanks Gargoyle for all the information. You have me thinking that maybe that a wet/dry is the way to go. I have looked on You tube and elsewhere for plans and have seen a few that I could possibly tackle. I was wondering if you would have an idea approximately on the total cost to build one with the pump and what kind of pump do you use? Submersible or not and flow rate? Thanks again
Well I use the "ViaAqua" pumps that drs foster and smith sell on their website. I forgot the size of your tank but I like the 1800 model that can move about 800 gph
. Now when one was hooked to my 55 gallon going through 1 inch pipe with 4 90's a single DIY 1inch overflow did the job. With that being said the same pump hooked to my turtle tank would outflow my overflow and had to be throttled back a touch. So if you have a large tank and are looking for a ton of flow I would build multiple overflows.. At least 2 of them so you can be sure to have enough return in case it is needed. Playing with the plumbing a little and being sure before you glue it all up helps..
Now price... The first one I built I used a 5.5 gallon aquarium as my filter. Placed the pump in the tank "submersible" as I feel safer that way and bought all the elbows and PVC
pipe for a cost of 97 dollars and change. The second one I built the same way but I was in a rush so the bargain hunting went to the wayside and it came in at 105.00 with a 10 gallon tank.
I found flexible hose and most of the PVC
was cheaper at menards than home depot. The pump and lift pump where cheapest at the drs foster and smith site... As well as the filter media. The tanks were a toss up between petco and meijer both times.. I would say one of these could be built for less than 150.00 with filter media and impressive flow pretty easily.. I'm just cheap... lol
Any more questions please ask.. And be sure to check out the website for the pumps and media.. If only for pricing.. It'll give you a better idea and lots of options.