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Question Nano Filter Question.....

I was wondering what type of filters you all used for your nanos, I have only seen ones with homemade canister filters. I want to make one too, but they can leak and are not professionally made.......does anyone want to sell me a homemade canister filter?
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Are you talking about 10 gallon tanks, or biocubes? The later has built in filtration. There are also mini canisters at the drs foster and smith website for the regular tanks.
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I was talking about rimless ADA tanks, or rimless homemade tanks:


like this:

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I use AC20 on both my ADA Mini M and Mini S. The trick to slowing down the flow is to use the sponge that comes with it as the filter sock.
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The thing is, I don't want an ugly hang on filter in the back, I just want a couple of clear tubes, like in a nano canister filter (homemade).

Can you post pics of your nano's filter?
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I'm not very handy, Im only 13

and also don't have the tools
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The azoo hang on filters are pretty quiet and powerful (depending on how 'big' your nano is) and not very expensive too. They work really well.

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The filter intake is hidden behind the rocks so you cant really see it unless your to the side. This is a Mini M with the AC20.

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Maybe its not so bad, but I still like the idea of a nano canister filter because they do not obstruct the view of the tank because all they use are thin tubing
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If you want to hide the in/out parts of the filter, there are a number of things you can do.

Spray on foam- This stuff can be found at Lowes/Homedepot/Menards as spray on insulation. I have this in the back of my reef tank, and it works great. I plan on using this on my next planted tank as well. You can use thread to anchor java moss to it and you'll have plants making the back wall of your tank in no time

Stacked rocks/fake plants- There are ways to aquascape your tank to hide the equipment. My favorite Idea is to get some of the long plastic plants and attach them to the tubing of your filter. Just make sure that it doesn't clog the input side.

Build an overflow- Depending on the level of effort and the CO2 requirements of the tank, you can build an overflow and have a little sump for your tank. If you're dosing CO2, I wouldn't do this however because of the increased gas exchange.

Do a closed loop system- This would involve drilling the tank. Another technique borrowed from reefers, this puts tubing directly attached to the walls of your tank, where a canister filter can be plumbed in-line

If you have any more questions about any of these Ideas, just let me know.
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yah me too. i was hoping someone in the fish hobie was 13 like me
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I use one of the Red Sea nano filters on my 2.5 gallon Betta tank. It's clear so you don't really notice it. It has an adjustable flow that you can slow down for the smaller tanks. Using sponges and filter floss I've been able to completely cycle the 2.5 gallon. It's quite a nice little filter.




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yah me too. i was hoping someone in the fish hobie was 13 like me
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