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Custom Acrylic 12x12x12 tank with built in filter overflow thing

I wanted to make a new Sulawesi tank but I didnt want to buy a canister or HOB filter. I wanted the tank to have a cleaner look as well. I like the 12" cube size, but i wanted more surface area for the shrimps/snails to crawl around on.

i ended up deciding on making an overflow, with a waterfall type spout, all powered by a single 65gph pump.

heres the initial design of the built in filter area in the back:



and how it looks in real life..... the bioballs arent near the heater like the picture. I dont want them to melt, i put a bag of crush coral on top of them to keep them down:



the current flow.. the overflow, and waterfall spout....



this is how it currently looks (white slime on the manzanita is kinda gross):



dimensions: 12x12x12
approx 7.5 gallons
substrate: eco complete
rocks: cobble stone
branches: manzanita
current inhabitants: 2 african dwarf frogs & nematodes
temp: 82F


when the tank is clean, i'll put in my cardinal shrimps

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very nice work, everything looks good, one question, the slots into the filter/sump area they look large or at least large enough for shrimp and snails to easily get through, are you going to use floss or something to prevent them from going into the filter?
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Really nice DIY. Can you easily get to the water pump if it ever dies?
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very nice work, everything looks good, one question, the slots into the filter/sump area they look large or at least large enough for shrimp and snails to easily get through, are you going to use floss or something to prevent them from going into the filter?

oh yeah.. i was gonna use that "screen door" netting in front of the overflows. i havent added it yet, i need to figure a way to keep it in place w/o using glue or something.
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Really nice DIY. Can you easily get to the water pump if it ever dies?

thanks, yeah all the egg crate and everything will come right out. it'll probably pull out easier than it is to stuff everything back in though
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oh yeah.. i was gonna use that "screen door" netting in front of the overflows. i havent added it yet, i need to figure a way to keep it in place w/o using glue or something.
Thinking out loud here... What about draping the screen over the top of the slots, and have it hanging down on both sides? Can sew a little compartment on the bottom of each side to hold a weight of some sort.
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Thinking out loud here... What about draping the screen over the top of the slots, and have it hanging down on both sides? Can sew a little compartment on the bottom of each side to hold a weight of some sort.
the tank isnt rimless, theres a eurobracing sort of top above the overflow, so i cant hang or clip something like i normally do.
i probably shouldve glued a couple pieces of acrylic tabs hanging from the top of the brace to allow me to clip a netting in front of the overflow before adding water.

i was actually thinking... since the rocks stacks up almost to the overflow, to just cut out a larger piece of netting and using the rock to hold it in place... and the netting will just sorta stand up.

i had a piece of the netting screen around here somewhere.. i gotta find it and then i'll attempt something with it.

thanks for the outloud thoughts though!
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Ahh, now I see the eurobracing. If you can't find the screen, let me know - I have a ton of the stuff from doing our back porch.
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cool, i found it! i suppose that'll do... thanks for the offer chucker.

i did something a little drastic to get rid of the nematodes.. i'm not sure if it worked but i hope it did...

here's a pic of the screen:
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