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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question DIY filter???

Hey all, I currently have a fluval 20 on my 29 gallon tank and i have been thinking of making my own filter. Something along the lines of a mini sump off to the side of the tank in maybe a 5 gallon. Filter floss, soil, carbon, ceramic bio rings, etc. Although I am concerned about finding the right pumps. I was thinking of using two powerheads, one for the intake and one for the outake, to act almost as a canister filter.... What do you guys think? I have a planted tank and really want to step up the biological filtering to get the best out of it that I can. Maybe even dose through the mini sump/filter??? I'm just brainstorming here. If anyone else has done this let me know, i'd love some advice and thoughts. Also possibly make it a snail breeding tank along with an aquaponic filtering system integration?? I dont know, i'm just spitballing here

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any reason you dont want to use a hang on the back overflow box?

if it's cuz of the pricing you can always just build a pvc overflow instead of having a 2nd pump to pull water

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Do not use 2 pumps like this unless you want to see what your house looks like wet.

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One pump is plenty of you put it under the tank set up an overflow or restricted flow down then just a pump to put water back. My advise is to have it above the tank them one pump into the sump then waterfall in or just gravity down a tube. You don't really even need a tank just a plastic planter box is fine and you can just rest it on the tank.
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