Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-07-2014, 04:11 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
Will this work? DIY Algae Scrubber

Im thinking about making my own version of an external algae scrubber.

Do you guys think i could put a water pump in my tank, pump water into a container outside my tank. Divide the container in 2 with a roughed up piece of sewing mesh. Put another pump inside the container on the opposite side of the sewing mesh of where the tank water is flowing in to, and put the outlet pipe back into the tank? On the side of the sewing mesh where the tank water is first entering i will have lighting so that algae grows.

What do you think? Are standard cheap water pumps powerful enough for this?

Sent from my GT-I9300 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________

__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 11:22 AM   #2
Dividing by 0
Community Admin
 
fort384's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,926
I don't see that working too well. If the pump in the container fails, you will have an awful mess on your hands.
__________________

fort384 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 11,802
If possible, raise the container so that the water line is above the water line of the display tank. Using a single pump, you can pump water from the display tank to the container and allow water to return to the display tank via gravity through the use of bulkhead fittings. Basically, it is a sump above (or next to) the display tank. At this point you might just consider setting up a traditional sump.
__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
Quote:
Originally Posted by fort384 View Post
I don't see that working too well. If the pump in the container fails, you will have an awful mess on your hands.
Ive changed the design. Thanks for everyones replies. Im going to have a container outside the tank. Have water pumped into the container which will be above the tank and then with some plumbing, run it back to the tank.

Sent from my SM-G900F using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2014, 10:27 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 11,802
Cool. When you get this worked out, post some pics.
__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2014, 12:29 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
Will do. Just got to do some shopping around. I want to make this as cheap as possible.

I need help with what powerhead or pump to get please guys.

Sent from my SM-G900F using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2014, 08:32 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
What do you think guys? Will it work?

Sent from my SM-G900F using Aquarium Advice mobile app
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1408275063633.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	165.9 KB
ID:	247044   Click image for larger version

Name:	1408275077205.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	115.0 KB
ID:	247045  

Click image for larger version

Name:	1408275098579.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	139.8 KB
ID:	247046   Click image for larger version

Name:	1408275111941.jpg
Views:	51
Size:	89.4 KB
ID:	247047  

__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2014, 08:32 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fresh2o View Post
Cool. When you get this worked out, post some pics.


Sent from my SM-G900F using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 02:11 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MonkeyMonk86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Chicago, Il.
Posts: 758
Idk what powerhead, but your system looks great!!!

I'm using a marineland 400 with a 360 moving deflector in a 29 gallon and the flow is barely noticeable. The plants move, but it's very gentle.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...0&pcatid=23760

The one I picked was pretty cheap compared with others. The directions for assembly are useless, but I found a YouTube video.

I think for price you might consider one of the marineland powerheads


(Friend of Bill W., One day at a time)
__________________
MonkeyMonk86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ginty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 291
Quote:
Originally Posted by MonkeyMonk86 View Post
Idk what powerhead, but your system looks great!!!

I'm using a marineland 400 with a 360 moving deflector in a 29 gallon and the flow is barely noticeable. The plants move, but it's very gentle.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...0&pcatid=23760

The one I picked was pretty cheap compared with others. The directions for assembly are useless, but I found a YouTube video.

I think for price you might consider one of the marineland powerheads


(Friend of Bill W., One day at a time)
Thanks. I used a all pond solutions powerhead ( see attached photo). Im not sure whether to get rud of the mesh ontop. Will this stop the light from producing algae? I only added it because i didnt want to leave it open to dust etc.

Sent from my SM-G900F using Aquarium Advice mobile app
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1408385351633.jpg
Views:	42
Size:	70.2 KB
ID:	247197  
__________________

__________________
ginty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diy, algae

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
Diy algae scrubber lomeli562 DIY Projects 4 07-15-2014 04:04 PM
DIY algae scrubber mrwizard DIY Projects 15 12-07-2012 10:51 AM
DIY horizontal algae scrubber at 2 weeks Bryceguam DIY Projects 4 07-20-2012 08:43 AM
Algae scrubber? Diy Clownfish25 DIY Projects 4 05-30-2012 07:54 PM
Algae Turf Scrubber (ATS) DIY build Floyd R Turbo DIY Projects 152 08-16-2011 05:46 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.