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Old 01-04-2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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Could this work?


I have a crazy idea about making a low-tech planted aquarium out of this vase (see thumbnail).
But there might be some problems as I see it.
1. First of all it's shape. The opening is so narrow. Could that fact affect the gas exchange with the air?
2. What kind of filter should I use?

I think that the result could look cool if it's possible to carry out this project at all.The biggest issue is the filter. I don't know that much about filters you see

I really appreciate all help I can get!
/SAM
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:26 PM   #2
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due to the opening being curved and such, i don't know how well a filter would work out of the box... with some creative engineering though... possibilities are endless.

or you could just go the betta route...
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:38 PM   #3
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I'll just have to go to the aquarium shop and see what kind of filters they have.
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A sponge filter and air pump would be an option.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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A sponge filter and air pump would be an option.
Wouldn't that take up most of the "tank" space?

DIY canister filter with 5/8" or 3/4" tubing. All you'd need are the intake and outlet hoses coming into the opening of the bottle.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:55 PM   #6
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Wouldn't that take up most of the "tank" space?

DIY canister filter with 5/8" or 3/4" tubing. All you'd need are the intake and outlet hoses coming into the opening of the bottle.
Even 1/2" would be overkill for a tank this size. No need to flow 100+ GPH here...
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Wouldn't that take up most of the "tank" space?

DIY canister filter with 5/8" or 3/4" tubing. All you'd need are the intake and outlet hoses coming into the opening of the bottle.
It would for sure take up space, but if you could find one that gave you enough sponge to trim it to fit the contours of the container (round off the back and a flat front) it may work out well.

I gave the canister a thought but it may be just as bad considering the tubes would probably be mid tank unless you could somehow bend them towards the rear once they pass the bottleneck. (Hope that makes sense...lol)
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:16 PM   #8
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It would for sure take up space, but if you could find one that gave you enough sponge to trim it to fit the contours of the container (round off the back and a flat front) it may work out well.

I gave the canister a thought but it may be just as bad considering the tubes would probably be mid tank unless you could somehow bend them towards the rear once they pass the bottleneck. (Hope that makes sense...lol)
Good point, though a sponge would be mid-tank too. To get the hoses where you want them you could use semi-rigid PE or PP hose instead of vinyl. It could be bent to shape with a heat gun.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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why not just use an airstone? if it's going to be planted, the plants can serve the role of filters, and you really just need to provide some circulation to move water and nutrients around the plant.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:43 PM   #10
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Good point bobo! I'll look in to it!
If I start this project I'll show some pictures!
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OH! This so reminds me of my Betta/ghost shrimp nano i got going. i am using a Red Sea hang on back filter with a dried up kitchen sponge between it and the outside of vase to keep it at a steady/level intake. It can totally work. you would just have to change water about once a week/every two weeks. I should put up some pics, just gotta take them. yours is a little narrower than mine but i practically got goosebumps just looking at your pic. keep it up!!!!
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OH! This so reminds me of my Betta/ghost shrimp nano i got going. i am using a Red Sea hang on back filter with a dried up kitchen sponge between it and the outside of vase to keep it at a steady/level intake. It can totally work. you would just have to change water about once a week/every two weeks. I should put up some pics, just gotta take them. yours is a little narrower than mine but i practically got goosebumps just looking at your pic. keep it up!!!!

Nice! I'd love some pictures!!
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