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DIY INLINE HEATER. Drill FX5?

EDIT: decided to go "inline" with pvc. See below for details.

I am in the process of using a heyco fitting to put my heater "inline". My original plan was to use a pvc housing inline. But during cleaning my fx5 last night I got to thinking....

What if I were to just drill a hole in the top of my fx5 lid, put the heyco fitting in and then cut a few holes in the baskets so that it could sit smack in the middle of the filter?

I know the "risks" associated with this. BUt what I'm really curious to know is if anyone has ever done this. I have a few options. 1, using a 1 inch heyco fitting where the controls of the heater would be outside the filter. The other is a smaller heyco fitting that just the cord would pass through, and then the cord would come out. I could actually put this just about anywhere on the sides and it wouldn't have to come out the top. I don't need ready access to the heater control, as it is run by a heater controller.
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Not sure I would want to drill my FX5 in case it doesn't work, you want to sell it in the future, etc. I would instead get one of these and then use your heyco fitting and put the heater in there, that way if it doesn't work, the heater dies, you want to sell the fx5, you want to put it in a different spot in your filtration chain, etc.


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I know the risks... If I want to sell it(and I doubt I'll ever be moving away from this one) I can put a 30 dollar lid on it.

To get a water filter housing big enough to hold the filter, I will spend nearly 70 bucks. It is a 16 inch long heater.

If I don't put it in the lid I will make a pvc housing or buy a lifeguard unit.
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I know the risks... If I want to sell it(and I doubt I'll ever be moving away from this one) I can put a 30 dollar lid on it.

To get a water filter housing big enough to hold the filter, I will spend nearly 70 bucks. It is a 16 inch long heater.

If I don't put it in the lid I will make a pvc housing or buy a lifeguard unit.
Ok, didn't know the size of the heater, or that you can buy new lids for half the price of a water filter housing. I guess go for it. lol. This is the DIY section.

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good luck and take alotta pics



on a sidenote...why dont they make a filter w/ built-in heater?


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There are a few options out there but I don't care for them. Eheim has one.

I was just doing my filter clean up and got to thinking though... Maybe it was that it was after 1 am and my ambien was starting to kick in.... But I really do think it can work. Just need to examine the lid to get the best idea on it.
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good luck and take alotta pics

on a sidenote...why dont they make a filter w/ built-in heater?
Eheim have plenty i currently have a pro 3 350T (2173) and have used a 2232 in the past best filters
eheim nearly always have a thermal version in their ranges

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It may work but the element in the Eheims is similar to a kettle element.
no harm in testing it seeing as a replacment lid is so cheap but i would not let the heater touch any plastics inside the FX5 it will make a mess of them for sure.

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It may work but the element in the Eheims is similar to a kettle element.
no harm in testing it seeing as a replacment lid is so cheap but i would not let the heater touch any plastics inside the FX5 it will make a mess of them for sure.
I don't think it will make a mess of them. IT is an ordinary aquarium heater. There is always going to be water in there.
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I don't think it will make a mess of them. IT is an ordinary aquarium heater. There is always going to be water in there.
It will make an interesting test then, seeing as the heater will be in an enclosed space probably running hot to heat the fast flowing water. i have known heaters to deform the plastic suction cups from the heat, hence the caution regarding plastics.

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It will make an interesting test then, seeing as the heater will be in an enclosed space probably running hot to heat the fast flowing water. i have known heaters to deform the plastic suction cups from the heat, hence the caution regarding plastics.
I run two heaters in my sump on my 125gal and they don't stay on all the time, despite roughly 1000gph of water flowing through it. They barely come on in all reality.

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I've decided to do DIY pvc inline. The parts cost me a total of 13 bucks so it was easier. Couldn't find the right fitting for the heyco, but could have ordered one if I really wanted.

Will post pics in a few.
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here it is roughed out. Will glue it together and tape tonight.
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Hey I was just wondering, as I have never seen this done before, how do you account for the heater cord? Like where do you seal the tube and still allow for the heater cord to come out to get plugged in?
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The black piece is a heyco cord grip. It will actually grip on to the heater itself, right at the "water line" mark.

This thread shows roughly how mine will be configured.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...eater-56k.html

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