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DIY attempt "sponge" filter w/polyfill

Got creative today with some extra stuff i had and decided to try to make a "sponge" filter with what ever i could find in my materials and house lol

To start i did not have a sponge to use, so i had to get creative. I first thought about cutting a bottle into the cylinder shape and filling it with the polyfill fiber, but this meant i had to cut lots of holes for the water to flow through and it would allow alot of surface area. So i decided to cut out and tie together plastic mesh with fishing line to cylindrical shape. I figured the mesh would allow the optimal amount of surface area and flow throw the polyfill fiber without the fiber escaping.

I cut out circles to fit the ends of the cylinder as well. For the uplift tube, I was looking around for an extra piece of PVC pipe or something that i could use and drill holes into.. but then i decided to just make another much thinner cylinder shaped piece of mesh. I figured this would get the most even flow throughout the polyfill fiber. The overall look was coming along like a regular hydro sponge lol from here I took some old left over plastic pieces from seachems metro medication and popped off the bottoms so i had little solid plastic cylinders and lined the mesh tube with them starting from the end of the fiber to the top.

Not sure if this all makes sense, but i just set it up and will be checking it in the morning to see how much material has been sucked in and if it is effective.


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Don't you just love plastic canvas?
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Ya! Lol it's very handy. I had it left over from a moss wall I made a while back.

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I work in the fabric & crafts dept of Walmart. When I see creative people on here doing stuff like this, I look at our stock a whole different way...lol
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I have other creative ideas using it with moss as well lol but that's gotta wait cause I have discus now and the 84 degree water doesn't like to grow mosses

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