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Old 09-04-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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looking for beginners diy canister filter instructions


Does anyone have instructions/supply list for a canister filter that a beginner can make? This will be the first thing I've tried DIY for the tank.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #2
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Canister filters are under immense pressure and are one of the things that someone usually never DIY's for a tank because of prone to leakage.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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I tried to build one a few years ago, but I was so nervous about it busting a leak under pressure I converted it into a sump. It is a challenging project, and you will most likely not save any money since commercial filter companies can make a custom plastic case that can take the pressure for much less than a home tinkerer. Even if you only use PVC the cost of the fittings, piping, and a decent pump will put you at least within the price range of a reasonable store unit. That said I know a lot of DIY-Savvy types have made them with success and a quick google for DIY canister filter raised a lot of the same guides I was looking through when I attempted the project. I am not sure the forum legality of posting outside links so you might have to search for yourself. Good luck!
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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Step 1: Go to LFS or online shopping site.
Step 2: Select canister filter
Step 3: Open wallet
Step 4: Purchase canister filter
Step 5: Go home and set up your new canister filter and smile knowing that you
didn't pay a lot more money to rig up something that will end up in a
spare parts bin.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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I have read somewhere around a hundred DIY ideas for canisters. Ten percent swear they work fine but the other 90 percent just swear to never do it again. It really is hard to come up with ideas that have not been tried. For fun it might be fine but for really saving money-- you can do better picking up cans!
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I was thinking of doing a diy project for fun since I've never done anything diy before. Since the canister filter doesn't seem like a good idea, any other diy ideas that I can do for a 20 gallon?

Let me explain my thinking though, the tank has pressurized CO2 and I didn't want to off gas the CO2 with a wet/dry w/ sump filter, that's the reason why I was goingto do a canister filter.
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There are a lot of different DIY projects depending on your interest. A fun entry-level one that is pretty easy to get into would be making a small led moonlight, they look pretty cool and even if you bork the project it is usually under $10 wasted, if that.
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That sounds like a fun and interesting project. Thanks for the idea

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Some other low cost DIY projects? How about sponge prefilters, DIY nets, Tank dividers that don't collapse, Covers to keep fish in but let air out, DIY lights or if you are into wood work, stands and canopies are always a good item.

Unfortunately the DIY canister is appealing but often not practical. Guys often have a fair amount of time and money invested before they find what they want is not very much fun to maintain after they get it built. Water has a nasty way of finding a way to get out and onto the floor!
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what materials cover a tank but let air out ? the moon lights are an idea.

How can I add more circulation in the tank? I've seen the wave makers and stuff for salt water but what can you use with fresh water tanks and with shrimp?
That's another reason I wanted to add a filter for more circulation. I have some BBA that won't go away and was thinking that might help it.
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I use light diffuser panels (eggcrate?) from the drop in ceiling section for tank covers. If I want to use them for dividers for fry, I cover them with wedding veil (tule) from a fabric store. Wedding veil costs about a dollar for 36" X72" and comes in real handy for making super large nets and all kinds of weird things when you have it.

I find simple cheap powerheads for circulation when I don't need more filter. I do really like Koreli for good quality powerheads as they are quieter.
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Thanks for the suggestion on a type of powerhead. Is it possible to but the mesh around the power head so the shrimp don't get sucked in?
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Here is 1 on you tube.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:12 PM   #15
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I like all kinds of DIY things are try all kinds of stuff but a canister filter than could leak and drain my whole tank in 5 minutes isn't one of them. lol.
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