Well as all of you know buying a filter for a large tank cost too much for too little filtration and actual media capacity/options. For a real quality filter that can actually handle a 75g or larger tank that is stocked to capacity you're looking at 150$ + range upwards of 300$ easy.
so as I have done many times in the past, having many many many spare tanks pumps filters and rather more that a couple years experience dealing with almost every style filter out there, I have decided again to build my own filter.
the first part needed a chassis of some sort to be the body of the filter one thing I hate about filters is you cannot see into them (for the most part the aquaclear filters are semi see through) but I want to see what my media looks like without taking it out, far easier to know when it's in need of a cleaning. problem solved I have an old 5 1/2 gallon long acrylic tank that I long ago drilled with an overflow. chassis and return figured Sorry forgot to take a picture before I started.
Second I need a way to separate media compartments within the chassis. egg crate (drop ceiling light diffuser panels for long) easily cut, easily glued in place with plastic epoxy, and have tons of leftover from other uses on hand. also have the 5 minute epoxy on hand too and people say being a pack-rat isn't useful.
Third I need a return pump. No prob plenty of those kicking around from my salt water days I probably have 20 different pumps that would work in this situation. Once I get the general design planned out I wil decide which pumps flow rate best suits me needs. obviously I have a max flow rate restriction due to the fairly small overflow size.
So after long deliberation on the egg crate pieces (about 3 minutes to figure out what I want from this filter) I started cutting and gluing.
right now I am waiting for one side of the epoxy to set so I can flip the tank and glue the other side of the center panel and the first side of the next panel. so without further blabber and blithering on like an idiot here is where I am at in the baffle placement. (and yest the center baffle is slanted on purpose, its so I can look in and see the media from the front of the tank. yeah I'm weird).
More to come.
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125g marine reef tank, 6 gallon fluval edge minimalist aquascape (in progress), 1 gallon aqueon evo 2 betta tank.