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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Help with cheap filtration on 45L

My business partner picked up a nice lil 45L tank and hand-built pine stand yesterday through the local swap-n-shop paper. He has a 29g already and keeps guppy's - god bless him!

I told him I wanted to set it up for him using some low-tech ideas. I want to do a nice cork-bark background with Xmas or Taiwan moss. Want to do some sort of DIY substrate - maybe kitty litter + gravel?

My first concern tho is filtration for the guppy's... I was thinking it best to do some type under cabinet filtration, but the handmade stand is built exactly for the 45L tank - in other words... long, but not very deep. It has two doors on front, and only a bottom inside, so it has some height under there, jus not the depth to put say a Rubbermaid tub for a sump - so I am a bit constrained.

I wanted to keep as much space in the tank - and with the moss wall - really did not want a HOB filter.

I may could get a tall kitchen trash can under the stand - have not measured it yet. I am a bit confused about a few DIY wet/dry filters I read about that use say a Rio powerhead to pump the inlet water into the filter, then use a sump to return it to say a spray-bar. Can you do this instead of using a overflow box? I need to find a good formula for pump sizing also.

Jus looking for cheap ideas...

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A canister filter is really the way to go for all your needs. Space, low tech, low maintenance. You can find them for less than you think. Eheim 2213 or a xp 1 would be a good choice....see if you can find one used if cost is an issue.

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