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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-12-2020, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Bandit1200 View Post
I already have a Fluval canister on there, I was looking to add it and set it up as a water polisher. It looked interesting since it was so slim. I also have rear space issues on the tank and a canopy that precludes a side mount filter.
This may work better and it's removable.

Build a DIY Water Polisher here. I built this and it works great in large tanks:

Here is the pump mentioned in the video.

To clear your 75 gallon tank in about an hour, fill the water bottle with fine filter floss just use 1 tsp (75 gallon) of Acurel F on Amazon. Acurel F web site detailed information.

Clear in an hour or so.
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For the same price as buying another powerhead, I can just buy the filter. I have a large roll of 50 micron cloth already, I just need something to mount it in.

If you like that flocculant route, I also have a bottle of the stuff below:

Same stuff and vastly cheaper. 16 oz for the same price as the 25ml. It should last a while.
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Great. Let us know how it works for you!
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Originally Posted by DaveKS View Post
Another option if you havenít thought about it is a little internal power filters.

By time you buy sponge filter and a decent air pump your close to same price. And they are dead quiet usually instead of the constant buzz sound you get with a air pump.
I went this route when I had the same dilemma when I moved a tank into my bedroom, and there wasn't enough room for the HOB. I put it in the corner, and planted some tall plants around it (including a large anubias attached to a lava rock so I could move it). Attached a t-connector on the output and ran one spray bar across the length of the back of the tank, and another along the side towards the front glass. At first the output was so strong it actually blew the spray bars off, but after some tweaking (and supergluing) got it to work properly. Lots of water circulation, but not on the surface so my RRF could cover the top and provide some security for some spawning angels.

The American Aquarium Products website sells lots of configurations that you can mix & match, and has great ideas if you want to DIY. To save space I stacked a coarse sponge with a finer one on top to get two levels of filtration. Works great, and it's so quiet you can't tell it's even on.
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