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Old 02-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #31
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Is there an advantage to keeping everything inside of the tank like that? Why not use the 10g you got for this and just run two hoses in?
Tidyness, space, and safeguard. If I do the 10 gallon as a sump, then I have to worry about what happens if one direction fails. I wouldn't want either to drain into the other causing an overflow. It is a small problem that most salt water folks deal with, but I can avoid it so easily because I actually WANT a marshy area in my tank. Makes it all rather convenient.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #32
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If you use a larger diameter pipe for an extension, it should make up for the restriction you might have to go a few sizes up. You can also do something like this it will pull the water through the filter and make flow across the tank but the flow will bounce back eventually and create more of a whirlpool. I'm not sure if that's what you want.
that won't give me a directional flow at all. It really has to be one end to the other.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:44 PM   #33
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to have the flow in one direction only you would have to have exactly the same amount or more suction than flow from the other side of the tank. I'm going to do some more searching on the subject. I can't wait to see what you end up with.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:56 AM   #34
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to have the flow in one direction only you would have to have exactly the same amount or more suction than flow from the other side of the tank. I'm going to do some more searching on the subject. I can't wait to see what you end up with.
Yes, that is why you have the inlet (or exhaust) from your power head on the opposite side of the tank. It literally balances itself.

Here's an example of what others have done for the same effect. http://www.loaches.com/articles/rive...anifold-design
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #35
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use that loach build but instead of two round sponge covered intakes on one end, use a wall of hamburger matten on the intake end. Then basically have a modified hamburger mattenfilter (see thread below)
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...145084&page=24
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #36
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Just daydreaming for when the snow melts.



I imagine it will have a ton more vegitation than this.


Here you can see the shallow end for stronger current. I don't imagine I'll spend the money to put enough pumping power to get a ton of current, the shallow section should help.


And finally, another diagram of how I think it will work. I know this filter system will work, I currently do similar in my HOB filters and the plants grow like crazy.

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I really like the look of that flow and I have seen a local ADA tank drilled and hard piped for something very similar. My worry might be that many natives are jumpers and without a cover...
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It has been too cold here to go collecting materials yet, so I've been slowly putting this together.

-So far, I have reinforced an old stereo cabinet to use as a stand.
-purchased a 310gph pond pump (I don't think this will be strong enough for any real current on its own, but it should be ok for filtering, might have to add a powerhead)
-put together the pvc from one end to the other. I plan on hiding/burying this as much as possible.
-installed the baffles for the natural filter/planter
-decide to put this huge piece of driftwood in there that I pulled out of the river. It's ok, its the same river I'll be pulling my rocks from.

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Looking good! i'm stocked to see this develop
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Looks very promising! I would look into getting a wider stand though, probably not good for the glass to overhang that much on either side.
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IT GOT WARM


rocks rocks rocks rocks rocks


a few plants,mud, bugs, and a handful of baby crawdads.



beginning to place rocks


more rocks


--- got too excited and forgot to take pictures for a while --


filled and muddy. Now to let it settle and add the finishing touches, like building up more plant areas and stuff.
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Awesome tank and design. Looking forward to seeing it settled.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:20 AM   #43
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Looking good. Keep the updates coming!
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That tank looks great but darters will jump out of any open top tank .
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Love the rocks and the driftwood! Keep those updates coming!
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