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genocdex 03-22-2013 08:40 PM

cheap diy canister filter for my shrimp?
im thinking of trying to throw together a cheap canister style filter for my 10g shrimp tank. i was planning on using a cheapy inline water pump to move the water and maybe just a series of sponges for the internal (since its very low bio load). i want to stay away from air driven filters, and my AC 20 is stopping me from having floaters.

any one try anything like this?

thinBear 03-22-2013 09:09 PM

I was planning to adding a plastic sheet to redirect the water direction. Maybe it suit your case too.

I have seen people using xmas moss/ plant root to slow down the water column as well.

genocdex 03-22-2013 09:17 PM

i have that done in my 55g and ac 70, in a 10g tank i think it looks awful. i was thinking a 4$ pump would be all i need. i have litterally hundreds of feet of all sorts of sized tubing and attachments for them and i can get a seasoned filter out of my spare AC 50.

evilhorde 03-23-2013 03:57 PM

In my 10G shrimp tank, I use a small in-tank filter (the one that came with the 10G starter set). To keep baby shrimp out of it I buried the filter in a pile of Aquarium gravel behind an ornament. It makes a nice small waterfall, keeps the babies out and I can hardly even see it. If I blacked out the back of the tank it would certainly be invisible.

thelub 03-23-2013 10:17 PM

You can make an in tank 'canister' out of a powerhead, a water bottle and some filter floss. Cut holes in the bottom of the bottle, fill the bottle up with filter floss and/or ceramic media, put the power head in the top of the bottle and you have yourself a cheap DIY shrimp friendly filter.

marley_kitty 04-09-2013 04:50 AM

Try this tutorial
I made this DIY canister filter and have it currently operating on my 2.5 gallon.

The tutorial and YouTube videos are great for getting a good idea about how to set it up. You obviously don't have to buy the otterbox, but I did and am really happy with how water proof it is.

sayurasem 04-09-2013 06:43 AM

Try Aqueon Quiteflow 10. Better alternative to a floater friendly HOB.

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