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    Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter


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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Bravo, Bravo Click here to enlarge

    Is there anything else I need to say???
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Great job Joey! Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    I can't watch it for several hours while I'm working. Any cliff notes on whats used and how?
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by RollerDJ
    I can't watch it for several hours while I'm working. Any cliff notes on whats used and how?

    The video is 14 minutes.

    Its a wet/dry. Can be used above, or below the tank. Costs next to nothing, including the media. Anyone can make it, as it basically comes premade.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Got a chance to kinda scan though the clip. any pic's or vids of one actully in use?
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Yup, first few seconds of this video:

    [youtube:35bnlawl]hAMzH4nxPjs[/youtube:35bnlawl]

    I think somewhere in another video i talk about it the filter in it.... found this one first though.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by megaphoenix
    Click here to enlarge Bravo, Bravo Click here to enlarge

    Is there anything else I need to say???
    Thanks Robert. You forgot to mention the T-shirt.. lol

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidNZ
    Great job Joey! Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge
    Thanks David. I have half of the things i need to start making better videos, so you'll see more soon.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    My bad. Going to be trying to win one of them, soon.
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    This one is really making me think twice about making a moving bed filter. Click here to enlarge
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Me too. especially if it is a lot quieter than a moving bed.
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Heck, I have 3 of those thingys sitting in my garage.... I think I know what I'm going to mess around with tomarrow. Click here to enlarge
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by RollerDJ
    Heck, I have 3 of those thingys sitting in my garage.... I think I know what I'm going to mess around with tomarrow. Click here to enlarge

    Make sure to keep us all posted.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Will do. I think I know were my camera is. Don't have any media to put in it right now though. Click here to enlarge
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    You have to start somewhere. Having the drawers ready will be a great start.
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    iNdeed!
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    Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Nice. So really, you started this little project a long time ago when you got the draws.... You just didn't know it at the time!
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Actully, that would have been my wife! She got a ton of them one year when she started teaching. Now a days, she doesn't need as many, so they are just taking up space.... Soon to be taking up space under a fish tank. Joey, Any idea on how big of a tank something like this could support?
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by RollerDJ
    Actully, that would have been my wife! She got a ton of them one year when she started teaching. Now a days, she doesn't need as many, so they are just taking up space.... Soon to be taking up space under a fish tank. Joey, Any idea on how big of a tank something like this could support?
    What is the minimum size tank this could be used with?
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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    These drawers come in MANY sizes. From tiny ones that could be used on a ten gallon tank, to huge ones that can be used on tanks that are a couple hundred gallons.

    The best part about these drawers, is that most are stackable. So you can keep stacking them up for almost any sized tank.

    The amount of media in the towers, what type of media and the flow rate will depict the tank size it can support in the end though.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge WOW Click here to enlarge Man I`m on the way to TJMax, Kmart and Wally World. Oh dollar store too for supplies. This liberates the 50g sump of the 180g. Now the 50g can take the place of the 55g that broke. Awsome. TKS Joey.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    No problem mela.

    Good luck with your build. Let us know how it goes.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Dang, to bad I never seen anything like this before 2007. When we moved from our 1st house to this, I threw away two 6 shelf rubber maid racks with rollers. Oh well she'll buy more lol in time.

    I noticed you're using the fluval 405 as your sump pump. Do you have it set up as well? or is it empty and just being used for pumping the water?

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blown68
    Dang, to bad I never seen anything like this before 2007. When we moved from our 1st house to this, I threw away two 6 shelf rubber maid racks with rollers. Oh well she'll buy more lol in time.

    I noticed you're using the fluval 405 as your sump pump. Do you have it set up as well? or is it empty and just being used for pumping the water?
    I no longer run that set up. I sold it to a local here, that still has it set up as a fish tank.

    That 405 was empty and being used like a pump. The putput was just above the waters surface, so when the power went out, it wouldnt back flow.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Well, I wasn't able to do much with my build over the weekend. The drawer closest to the right size was a inch to wide. Might have to hit up the walmart this weekend and see what I can find.
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    Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    I'm going to try this filter out when I start up my Oscar tank!


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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by UaruJoey
    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blown68
    Dang, to bad I never seen anything like this before 2007. When we moved from our 1st house to this, I threw away two 6 shelf rubber maid racks with rollers. Oh well she'll buy more lol in time.

    I noticed you're using the fluval 405 as your sump pump. Do you have it set up as well? or is it empty and just being used for pumping the water?
    I no longer run that set up. I sold it to a local here, that still has it set up as a fish tank.

    That 405 was empty and being used like a pump. The putput was just above the waters surface, so when the power went out, it wouldnt back flow.
    Ok I figured it had to be empty or the gph would have dropped big time. How did the pump do on over all filtration set up like that? I think that was rated only up to 100g and your plywood was twice that atleast? Speaking of Plywood........How is your tank still doing? Did it end up bowing at all or is it still looking the same as when you 1st built it. We have some 3/4 and 1 1/8th in. sitting around the shop. Really considering doing the "L" shape plywood still but haven't pulled that trigger yet. The only way this will work is if I can support my floor from the garage since our bonus / tv room is above it.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    I had a regular aquarium pump running that tank. The fluval was only for the the planted sump area.

    That tank is still going strong. Never bowed, still in the same shape as day one.

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    Very nice! Great to hear.......

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    Re: Cheap and Easy DIY aquarium filter

    I have a few thoughts to this and thanks to megaphoenix for pointing it out to me.

    In the video you say you worry about the drawers over flowing(its may have never happened), but one extra precaution step you could take is simply adding a 3/4 pipe in the bottom of the drawers and cut to desired "over-flow height"

    Second when the possibility of drilling to big of holes, you might be able to use a piece of felt over the holes to slow the flow of the water.

    Just a thought adding to what is a great idea. Click here to enlarge


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