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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Look what I did this weekend.

Well, I had a sheet of plexiglass in my garage, so I decided to try a little DIY. Here's what I came up with.



my diy canister filter (You can see where the first piece I cut snapped at the corner. After that, I learned how to handle the stuff. I'm just going to make a hood that will come down over it!)



the overflow



It's been running for about 16 hours with no leaks yet. If all goes well, I'll build a stand for it this weekend.

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Very nice. What are the dimensions and volume?
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It's about 11" square. Not sure on the volume yet.
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That's about a 5-6 gallon tank.
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Cool! How are you cutting the plexi? Score and break? Jigsaw? Is that a tupperware lid on the canister?

That's really neat.

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Ya, score and break. I used only hand tools. The canister is made from a "Lock & Lock" container from walmart (about $5)

I was thinking it's probably about 7 gallons or so.
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are the intake & out-take sealed with silicone?
that'll come off eventually. It doesn't bond well with plastic.

you'd need a physically fitting like a bulk head.

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are the intake & out-take sealed with silicone?
that'll come off eventually. It doesn't bond well with plastic.

you'd need a physically fitting like a bulk head.

Ya, That's what I'm looking to do.....I looked all over Lowes and Home Depot and couldn't find any. I was considering using some plastic bond (like jbweld for plastic) on the outside and silicone on the inside. The fittings are very "snug" and sealed on both sides with silicone, so it holding for now.
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are the intake & out-take sealed with silicone?
that'll come off eventually. It doesn't bond well with plastic.

you'd need a physically fitting like a bulk head.

Will the sides stay on with just the silicone? it's the same plastic?
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be careful about running an overflow to a canister filter... if you become distracted and forget to top off the tank that canister will run dry and possibly ruin the pump. Otherwise this is a great DIY, i'm glad to see diy here that is almost as good as diy at nano-reef.com
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sweet, I might try this as well, I know you said you had a sheet of it laying around, but how big of a sheet and how much would it cost? I want to get my wife a nano tank for some of those glo-neon freaky tetra things she's been crying about, but I'd rather do this than come out the butt for those pre-set ups
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sweet, I might try this as well, I know you said you had a sheet of it laying around, but how big of a sheet and how much would it cost? I want to get my wife a nano tank for some of those glo-neon freaky tetra things she's been crying about, but I'd rather do this than come out the butt for those pre-set ups
It was about 3' X 2' or so?....You can get what you need at home depot or lowes for about $15 or so. Good luck, and be sure and post.
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plexigass is pieced together using a chemical bond, right?

If silicone will not stick to the glass, what are you using to seal the inside seams? If youa re using anything at all. I've got a piece of plexi i've been toying with doing a nano reef with...

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That's very "gutsy" placing it next to the computer in the second pic. Good job though!!
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plexigass is pieced together using a chemical bond, right?

If silicone will not stick to the glass, what are you using to seal the inside seams? If youa re using anything at all. I've got a piece of plexi i've been toying with doing a nano reef with...

Well, currently it's just held together with silicone....it's been full for almost 24 hours and no problems yet, but after a bit more research, that may not be good!?@ I'm hoping that since it's small and not much water that it will be fine....It will be set up in the garage for a while longer before I risk it in the house (I've got ceramic tile throughout, so even if it goes, I'll just throw a little bleach down there and do a good floor scrubbin'!)


for the record, the computer is trashed....it no workee!
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