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Old 06-04-2013, 01:53 AM   #16
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Wow now that's a nice scape. Love the betta too.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:28 PM   #17
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Just curious, has anyone tried this with any rooted plants. I really like this idea, but I have a couple Crypts in my Spec.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:30 PM   #18
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So I tried this on my spec. I used spare parts from old filters. I used some clear tubing I had lying around. I used and elbow to attach it to the filters output. I ran it down straight and coiled the tubing in a circle on the bottom. I drilled holes into the tubing about 1/2 inch apart. The I added the gravel and stones. It has been running for a couple of weeks now. My Betta is very happy with the low flow and the tank remains clean. I wish I would have taken pics before adding the gravel but you can see the tubing running straight down and a happy Betta
That looks great. I was going to suggest what you did, use some old filter parts for a tight elbow. They are hard to find at a hardware store that are as small, especially with a tight radius.

Not being familiar with the sump part of the spec (seen a lot of them, never owned one), would it be possible to turn the pump sideways so you could run the tubing behind the back plastic? That would be really clean looking.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:39 PM   #19
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Ideally you could cut a hole at the bottom of the back wall and run the tuning straight through. The problem is how tight everything is. I don't have any tools that would have made that possible
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #20
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Just curious, has anyone tried this with any rooted plants. I really like this idea, but I have a couple Crypts in my Spec.
You can do it but the roots may eventually get in the tubing and clog it
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:38 PM   #21
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Just wondering how the OP's system is doing - any loss of flow issues over time due to bugs benefiting from the partially aerated substrate? This may be pure genius. I just bought a Spec V and want to try this out - although some additional means of surface movement may be required for "normal" fishes.

Also, I assume the best substrate to use is an inert, no-fines, substrate...either gravel or sand (but which is prefered)?

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #22
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After buying 1/2" PVC pipes and fittings from the big box hardware store, I saw that the local store carried 1/2" CPVC - which looks like it will work better for this application - 1/2" ID/ 3/4" OD slides snuggly into the CPVC fittings and slides over the pump's outlet nozzle with just a little work. CPVC has the added benefit of having a significantly smaller outer diameter than PVC, making it easier to hide in your gravel.

Just wanted to share that with anyone else who might be taking on this project.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:35 AM   #23
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Share some pics. If you paint them black you would barely notice it
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #24
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Now that this tank has been running for a few month how did this workout
I dump the pump on mind and drive the filter with a lift tube and air pump But may try this
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:14 AM   #25
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Mine has been working great. Betta loves it. I even planted the sponge filter section. Only thing I would change is use or paint black piping for the down tube so it doesn't show. My clear tube turned white

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Old 07-24-2013, 02:10 PM   #26
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Share some pics. If you paint them black you would barely notice it
I started mock assembly yesterday. I'll snap some photos today, post in the DIY section and place a link here. Due to family life, work, house work, etc. I tend to do stuff at a glacial pace.

umdterps96 makes me wish I bought the spec instead.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #27
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Started the DIY...
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...62#post3907562
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