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Old 04-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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canister filter diy???


i was wondering how i could make a cheap easy canister filter. i thought i had it but not quite. trying to do it out of a gatorade bottle for a small guppy breeding tank.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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Small Gatorade bottle huh?

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What you might like better would be a moving bed filter. Basically, a Gatorade bottle with some 1/8" holes drilled top and bottom (but not through the cap), air pump, air line, air stone, and two suction cups on the side (don't remember the hole size).

Here is a YouTube video, or two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROkh...e_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIoO...e_gdata_player


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Old 04-04-2013, 12:58 AM   #3
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let's not ask the forum to reinvent the wheel here. google it. there are dozens of good how to's already out there. all over YouTube add well. way to much work for a tiny filter in my opinion.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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Way to much work for a tiny filter in my opinion.
I literally put mine together in under fifteen minutes.

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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That's not a canister filter though, it's an internal filter.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:07 AM   #6
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You can get a small canister filter rated up to a 20G for like $25. You probably will spend more than that making one and spend much more on fixing water damage to your floor.

I've made some.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:10 AM   #7
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Sponge filter would likely be a better setup for what you want to do.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:06 AM   #8
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I literally put mine together in under fifteen minutes.

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yes, because since what you put together doesn't have any silicone seals that can leak or move water in and out of the tank. not to belittle the utility and simplicity of what what you built. imo building a tiny canister filter for a small guppy tank is like building a tiny jet engine for a moped instead of building a moped engine out of moped parts already laying around.
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That's not a canister filter though, it's an internal filter.
I addressed this issue in my first post.


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yes, because since what you put together doesn't have any silicone seals that can leak or move water in and out of the tank. not to belittle the utility and simplicity of what what you built. imo building a tiny canister filter for a small guppy tank is like building a tiny jet engine for a moped instead of building a moped engine out of moped parts already laying around.
It's not actually a canister though, plus... Ammonia and nitrites stay at zero, nitrates at around 40 without water changes for over a month now.

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I built this DIY canister filter out of an Otterbox.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=62902

It's been running for over a year now with no problems what so ever. I'm very happy with it but I don't think it meets your criteria of cheap...or easy.

Even if you had all the supplies laying around, the otter box will set you back about $30 with shipping, (you might be able to find it cheaper on sale somewhere, but I wasn't) and at that point it is cheaper to purchase a nano canister.

The good thing about this is you can customize it. You could add an in canister heater, if you bought the largest otter box and bought one of the small, flat, betta bowl heaters.

You might not want to buy the otter box (I would really recommend it though for it's water-proof properties) but you can at least get an idea of the required steps based on the tutorial and you-tube videos and go from there.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:11 AM   #11
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It's not actually a canister though, plus... Ammonia and nitrites stay at zero, nitrates at around 40 without water changes for over a month now.
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i know, i was saying 'exactly' to the fact that it only took fifteen minutes to make because it's not a canister filter, however it is more suitable to the requirements of the op.
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You can get a small canister filter rated up to a 20G for like $25.
Mind sharing where I could find one of those? Thanks!
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