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I tried to do this as cheap as possible (only spent $4.50 since I had the rest of the materials as scrap). Nothing fancy, just some scrap wood, a couple of drawer glides ($4.50 from salvage store), a couple conduit clamps bent to hold the pipes in place, a few holes bored out for the power cord & pipes, a few screws... Now I have custom pull out drawer for my new heavy FX6 filter. It's not too easy bending down while reaching and picking up the Eheim 2217 so I knew this monster would be too much so I built the drawer to easily slide out for filter maintenance. Sorry that the video doesn't show it pulled all the way out but I just hooked it all up and I'd have to shut it down and undo the hoses then restart it again....but you can get the idea.


Fluval FX6 with two 100g packets of Purigen.
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Pics # 1-5 are of me measuring what space I have to work with and how the filter will fit (just barely). I cut a scrap 1x12 and a scrap 2x4.
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Pic #6 I bought the 14" drawer glides hoping they would work out and they were perfect !
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Pics # 7-9 show just how fortunate I was that the filter fit with almost no room for error. It's less than 1/8" of side & rear clearance !
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Pics #10-13 detail how I needed to cut out the "base board" as a drawer face. I used an angle grinder (a little unconventional) to cut nice straight lines for the drawer face. It wourked out perfect that the grinder guard sitting on the 1x12 drawer gave the exact clearance I needed for the cut out to be above the 2x4 bottom tank brace ! I then used a hand saw to finish off the corners.
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Pic # 14 & 15 shows me marking the drawer & face board where biscuits will be cut so they line up correctly when I piece it all back together. Then just used my trusty square to ensure the drawer glides were screw down in parallel (used clamps when screwing down as well).
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Pics # 16-19 shows me using my biscuit jointer (used #10 biscuits) and following my markings to line up the biscuits. Glued them in (only glue the cuts not the biscuits). I later also added a couple small metal L-brackets to connect the face board to the drawer, which could've been the sole support for the drawer facing if you do not have a biscuit jointer or wish to skip that step.
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Pic # 20 shows the drawer pulled out and the screws in the 2x4 bracing to hold down the drawer.
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Pics # 21-23 show the filter on the drawer both pulled and and stowed away. In the end I turned it almost 180 degrees for better alignment of the in & out pipes.
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Pics # 24 & 25 show the final hook ups with conduit pipe clamps bent to hold the filter piping and one holding up the power cord in the back. I used a 1-5/8" forsner bit to bore the holes in the ends of my cabinet to feed the intake & out flow pipes to each end of my tank.
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The video shows it all working well for me (except I didn't pull the drawer all the way out in the video for reasons mentioned above. Not the best quality video but not too bad for a simple point n shoot camera either. If anyone wants to see it when I do my maintenance I can video that so you can get a better idea but that of course will be "on down the road from now".
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Thanks for looking, let me know if you have questions, or let me know if you have suggestions on what I could do better. I just hope I got all of the pics & video to upload on the first try....
 

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I'd love some feedback here as why I'm not seeing the flow I expected....maybe my expectations were higher based on reviews I read. In my 135gal I still need my powerhead on the opposite end of the tank and I will get better flow across the tank once I do my trimming but right out of the outflow nozzles I expected a harder push. I have two 100g Purigen packets in the filter and all other media is what it came with.

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The slide out drawer is brilliant I get tired of lifting over the front , plus that will allow you to drain the canister easier.
The sliders you used for the tray I used for my door instead of hinges easier to work in there slidding the door to the side.
For flow the only possibility I see is your hoses look rather long , i ended up running a second canister on my tank 100g to me was very disappointing considering the cost of the fx6 ( however I would rate it at a 10 ) its a wonderful filter .
For a second canister I installed a odessa cfs500 $50 bucks on ebay and it has 3 times the flow of the fx at a 1/3 of its size so its easy to move around.
 

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The slide out drawer is brilliant I get tired of lifting over the front , plus that will allow you to drain the canister easier.
The sliders you used for the tray I used for my door instead of hinges easier to work in there slidding the door to the side.
For flow the only possibility I see is your hoses look rather long , i ended up running a second canister on my tank 100g to me was very disappointing considering the cost of the fx6 ( however I would rate it at a 10 ) its a wonderful filter .
For a second canister I installed a odessa cfs500 $50 bucks on ebay and it has 3 times the flow of the fx at a 1/3 of its size so its easy to move around.
Thanks for the note. I couldn't find the odessa but I'll keep looking. I'm hoping for now the powerhead on the opposite side and Eheim 2217 will help after I remove it's media and leave it hooked up to push my CO2 just below the FX6 out flow. I had to use up all of the 13.1 ft of hose in order to get the intake & out flow on opposite sides of the tank.
 

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Thanks for the tip! So, is the quality of this product really low? It looks like a clear fx6 knock off but just wondering about longevity. Thanks again...for ~$55 it's worth a shot.
Not sure about longevity its not fx6 quality thats for sure there are a couple vids on utube about it. Just search cfs 500 .
I bought it for my 75 and never used but its perfect for a second filter on the 100g , i took both my power heads out with this running.
 

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What's the thickness of the sliding board that supports the filter? I'm curious as to whether the total final weight of the filter (with media and water) played a role in your decision to go with whatever thickness you went with.
 

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What's the thickness of the sliding board that supports the filter? I'm curious as to whether the total final weight of the filter (with media and water) played a role in your decision to go with whatever thickness you went with.
It's a simple 1x12, which of course is truly a 3/4"x~11-5/8 or so. So, since I have the two drawer glides underneath it helps to really distribute the weight and take the brunt of it. Then even further I have them screwed in the the two 2x4 cabinet braces so when it's extended out its got some strong meat to counter the weight.

This was not really well thought out though. I just tried scraps that I had and it works beautifully. I think better than something thicker than 1" stock lumber is having heavy duty drawer glides. These things were stout.
 
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