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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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DIY background question

I had a strange idea for a 3d background for my two ten gal betta tanks i want to run past someone who has experience in this area. My idea was to create almost a baffle effect/spray bar but make in into the background. pretty much a ditch with holes to even out the flow of water from the HOBs. I know this is easily solved by just getting a filter with a spraybar or baffling the filters using other methods but i was just wondering if this would even be workable. Any ideas or suggestions? id rather not have a space behind the background like ive seen since the size of the tanks, so i thought this would be an interesting alternative.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 08:36 AM
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I would think the trick there would be to keep the water coming out of the filter balanced as much as possible/w the outflow from your ditch.
But then I can't imagine anything like that looking natural.
Oddly I've been day dreaming on basically the same thing, only on one end.
I planned a same level sump on the end/w air to bring in water to it. That would give
more Oxygen to the water going INTO the filter. A siphon would bring it back to the tank
on the end and I'm stuck on the design of that end piece. Plan on it being great stuff foam/w grout over it so it looks like a rock but like you I don't want it to take up much room even on the end. The intake would be hidden in that "rock" also.
In my case the air should likely be used to remove water from the sump. Don't get that
benefit I mentioned before that way, but I think it would take up less room for the rock if I didn't need to hide that in it.

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Well right nowits baffled with a water bottle so anything would look better lol. Maybe if i just redirected theflow into the corner... I might need to make some testers first. hmm...
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Yeah go for it. No reason it wouldn't work. It would probably be a hotspot for algae. Maybe even make a shelf like thing with some dirt and plants.

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Thats what im thinking, add some moss or something to baffle it even more.
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