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Old 07-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #31
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Neat idea! How do you make sure the filter doesn't overflow out the back?
Doesn't seem to be a problem, at least with an Aquaclear - I have filter supported on the tank so that it is tilted slightly towards the tank, and it has a built in overflow back to the tank around the "U" tube
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:23 PM   #32
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Question was asked if this thing could ever be taken apart for cleaning, here is the answer!

I did confirm one suspicion, I always suspected that the Fluval foam pre-filter (from an Edge I believe, cheap) was so fine that the rest of the filter was only really biologic and chemical - the pre-filter providing all the mechanical. Turned out to be true - the sponges in the body of the filter ran totally clear, even after wringing them out. (they are stained from life before the sponge). This works well for me, as I can easily remove the pre filter to clean every week or 2.


Starting point:


The carrier pulled out with no issues:


back side:


Front (with spillway from underneath):


Small roots did penetrate the purigen pillow, pulled out ok though:


The sponge from the top of the stack - I picked this coarse black sponge on purpose as a "growing media" for the plants to root into (it's from a marineland canister)


Re-assembled - new purigen on the bottom this time, keep te roots away and the pre-filter is doing all the mechanical work:


Back in filter body, plants a little beat up but they grew back in real quick!
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:22 PM   #33
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I really like this setup a lot. For some reason, I don't think the Wandering Jew "fits". Maybe because I associate it as a house plant and not a terrarium plant in my head? Anyhow, that's the only thing I'd change, but that's just personal preference. This is an excellent setup. Nice job!
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I really like this setup a lot. For some reason, I don't think the Wandering Jew "fits". Maybe because I associate it as a house plant and not a terrarium plant in my head? Anyhow, that's the only thing I'd change, but that's just personal preference. This is an excellent setup. Nice job!
I agree - it's a little bulky too. When I get a chance I plan on potting it and letting the ludwigia & clover-stuff take over again. Would love if the mosses and rabbits foot fern could keep up, or even something like sag or chain sword sticking up!
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UG would be beautiful. It might not be humid enough for UG, though...

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I am in LOVE with this!

I keep my tank VERY over-filtered due to messy puffers and with my recent tank size downgrade, circulation is a bit harsh.

Would something like this help diffuse the situation?
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I too have a planted hob with some l repens among other things. Everything is going strong except the ludwigia! Have you found its growth to be slow emersed or should I change things up? It might also have something to do with the size of the cuttings I started with (very small).
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I am in LOVE with this!

I keep my tank VERY over-filtered due to messy puffers and with my recent tank size downgrade, circulation is a bit harsh.

Would something like this help diffuse the situation?
Oh yeah, cuts the turbulence way down. The thicker it grows the more it smooths it out. If I lift the plants I can see the water running over the spillway and into the tank, just smoothed out.

It does slow down the flow quite a bit too (a good thing for me). Since the outflow is so smooth now, I don't throttle the aquaclear back - I let the 'extra' water fall out past the U tube - gives a little surface movement which is nice.
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I too have a planted hob with some l repens among other things. Everything is going strong except the ludwigia! Have you found its growth to be slow emersed or should I change things up? It might also have something to do with the size of the cuttings I started with (very small).
It took a good while for the stems to adjust and kick in - but when they did they went nuts!
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I didn't think anybody noticed it (or got it) - used it many places and you are the first person to say something
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Oh yeah, cuts the turbulence way down. The thicker it grows the more it smooths it out. If I lift the plants I can see the water running over the spillway and into the tank, just smoothed out.

It does slow down the flow quite a bit too (a good thing for me). Since the outflow is so smooth now, I don't throttle the aquaclear back - I let the 'extra' water fall out past the U tube - gives a little surface movement which is nice.

Just what I wanted to hear! I have an AquaClear 70 on a 10 gallon.
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so you put the coarse foam on the SS mesh to grow the plants correct?
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so you put the coarse foam on the SS mesh to grow the plants correct?
Not quite what I did, but that would work too.

I put the black foam on top of the HOB body only. The SS mesh that extends into the tank as a spillway originally had a wad of ricca & moss that attached to it - the stems seem to have used the ricca and moss as a 'media bed' to grow in. I'm guessing the ricca has been staved out under there long ago.
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I'm working on a smaller version for my 10 gallon tank. So I don't really need anything on the SS mesh, I can just put my moss directly on it?

Thanks for the help.
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