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DIY internal canister

Recently moved from a 10g to a 29g low tech planted tank and the 10-30g aquaclear filter I'm using doesn't give me as much flow and clarity as I like. Seems to have trouble picking up all the very small particles. I do plan on purchasing a higher volume hang on filter in the future but decided to make an internal canister for kicks and giggles.

I began with a spare tuberware container I had lying around;

I also had a pump from a whisper 10 filter lying around from past aquarium ventures.

I drilled a few holes and used hot glue to secure a small section of tubing into the top hole.

Then it was as simple as attaching it to the pump and filling with filter fiber and bio media.

Seems to be working pretty well so far, after running for 12hrs my water has cleared up and it seems to have picked up lots of the smaller particles that escape through my aquaclear.

My only concern is algae growing on the inside of it because it is directly under the light. Also; yes I do realize it's quite an eye sore, but it's not permanent and I had fun making it. Not to mention it cost me a whopping total of 0 dollars to make haha
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-10-2015, 06:40 PM
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Congrats on the effort. It never hurts me to try a few things.
But then I think my effort can beat yours at being cheap and at being ugly!

I was working on a different plan for a tank at one point and came up with jewel to test out the idea of floss in a bottle powered by a powerhead.
It never went very far and was too much trouble so I ditched it pretty quick.
But then I've always thought that a guy who is too concerned about getting caught with cheap, ugly, fish equipment is likely to be missing some big points in real life.




That Tupperware is high dollar stuff!

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Congrats on the effort. It never hurts me to try a few things.
But then I think my effort can beat yours at being cheap and at being ugly!

I was working on a different plan for a tank at one point and came up with jewel to test out the idea of floss in a bottle powered by a powerhead.
It never went very far and was too much trouble so I ditched it pretty quick.
But then I've always thought that a guy who is too concerned about getting caught with cheap, ugly, fish equipment is likely to be missing some big points in real life.




That Tupperware is high dollar stuff!
Nice monos! I wish I had space for a tank they need, my brackish tank needs monos or archers.

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