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I've been studying this recently method of filtration recently and him-hawing between this idea and a sump for a new tank I am setting up. After much thought, I'm about 85% convinced I'm trying this out. So for those that want to follow along, feel free. This is a thread to show the progress of my building it, to share my experiences both short term and long term. However, please know that this may be like my canopy and take years to complete of I may abandon the idea completely, so feel free to just look at the links or move on shaking your head at my slowness. :tongue:

Also, please don't turn this into another debate thread on the HMF. There are plenty out there already, and I am even giving you links to the pros and cons. If you feel the need to argue this method of filtration, I suggest starting your very own thread or else I will abandon this documentation entirely as I have no desire to have yet another thread loose it's original purpose in order to feed egos (again, there are enough threads to do that). ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DItfIGJL-Uc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ColI4FOSFHY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-lTCMdxQeA
http://www.deters-ing.de/Berechnungen/Berechnungen.htm#Mattengroesse
http://www.shrimpnow.com/content.php/265-Hamburger-Matten-Filter-(HMF)
http://aquariacentral.com/forums/showthread.php?79104-Hamburger-Mattenfilter-HMF
http://www.janrigter.nl/mattenfilter/
http://www.crustaforum.com/board/showthread.php?202-Hamburg-Mat-Filter-(HMF)
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...wet-thumb-forum-new-filtration-concept-3.html

Does anyone currently have a HMF setup in his/her own tank? If so, please share pictures if you have any! I'm looking for inspiration. :icon_smil

Step one: Finding poret filter #30.
Step two: More research for example, do I want to use an air driven pump or the aquaclear filter #20 already on hand?
Step three: To cover or not to cover? That is the question (i.e. Moss or clado?)
Step five: Actually start working on step one.

Edit: A new awesome link provided by Bahugo: http://www.shrimpnow.com/forums/showthread.php/3677-My-racks-and-shrimps
 

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This is interesting - something new to learn about! I've never heard of it before, and from the links it looks like it's not restricted to shrimp tanks only - one tank user had discus (with other filtration, if I remeber correctly). So, is this going to be for a shrimp tank for you, or are you using this on a planted community tank?
I'm suscribed - I don't care how many years it takes! lol

Just watched the AngelPlus vids, they were very clear and to-the-point. He mentioned that you could put additional media between the foam filter and the tank glass if you want - media of your choice including gravel, bio balls, etc. I would think that could include filter floss? I recently removed my Tetra carbon/floss filter bags in my Whisper HOB and replaced them with filter floss, and I'm pleased with the results. Now that I see how little surface area my puny clumps of floss have, in comparison to the large sponge suface (I know the plants help too) I'm thinking I will take a good hard look at this system!
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If you use a sump, then these are part of the filter anyway:thumbsup:
They are easier to clean and take up less space in the tank that way.

I just use big blocks O foam, 4" or so and snug fit them to the sump after the wet/dry tower. All my tanks have them.

There is little doubt they work well. Ugly in the tank, but I've seen some nice solutions to that.
Sumps stink for shrimp since they get in there and into the overflows.
 

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For those interested in why not to do this this fitration, Hoppy graciously started a thread on the pros and cons of the filter. In fact, I encourage you to go there and decided for yourself and even join in on the conversation. ;) http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/low-tech-forum/145106-hamburger-matten-filter-why-not.html

Driftwoodhunter, this is going to be fore a shrimp and small fish tank, specifically a 33 gallon long. I toyed between a sump, a canister, a powerhead, a basic sponge filter and other ideas on filtration (even - gasp - undergravel filtration). Seeing my shrimp always on the prefilters and basic sponge filters is what lead me to finding the HMF. This has been around for many decades, longer than my life and is still used today, many purposes being breeding.

I was in between using a sump with a mattenfilter installed there or directly in the tank. After much thought, I am going the traditional route. This was picked for purely the reason that I'll find it pleasing watching shrimp play on the wall. As many already know, shrimp and fish love picking on the goodies growing on sponges. When I took my sponge out to rinse them every few months, I had to practically pull the boogers off them. They bred more frequently in this tank, didn't have to worry about the filter sucking up babies and was the lowest maintained tank I owned. I could focus on the tank's inhabitants.

For me, algae will be expected to grow on this fitration, specifically Cladophora.
However, out of all the algae out there, this is the most pleasing to me and generally is found in pristine water conditions.:


One could run and hide at this point, but even just this sponge is a haven for all kinds of goodies. All throughout the day and night, if the shrimp aren't fed an outside foodsource, they are on this sponge picking away. Babies flock to it. From this image, I imagined a wall of spongecake and the search led me to the old HMF. :)
 

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Will this http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 work to hold the ends of the sponge at the glass? It is the closest I could find to what I saw in some of the linked threads.
Bigger "lips" work better, but you might be able to make that work. I ran several of them as just partitioned ends to the 10g tanks, and something liek that would prob work fine. If you run it in an "corner" configuration it should work fine. I don't remember where I found my track at.
 

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Will this http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 work to hold the ends of the sponge at the glass? It is the closest I could find to what I saw in some of the linked threads.
You can use plexiglass, cut a thin strip from top to bottom of where the sponge would go and just silicon the plexiglass to make a stop and it will stay in place. The one journal that is linked from shrimp now he just silicones a L angle if I am not mistaken.
 

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Haha, Mike. Yeah stack of bills, ala Moolah. This will take me months just to gather all the materials. :hihi: I'm taking time off soon to make some crafts for some cash hopefully to fund this project and my stand that needs to happen first.

Will this http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 work to hold the ends of the sponge at the glass? It is the closest I could find to what I saw in some of the linked threads.
So funny, I just saw those this evening as we were out and wondering the same thing. My only thought was whether or not it would stay in place. I saw they had grey ones, too. I think I need to buy some foam and take it with me.

I like this idea of Rich's link with plexiglass.
 

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I like Steve's method of over cutting and simply wedging the foam panel into the tank.
Ordering one, maybe two panels this weekend so I can fuge in the center of my new sump.
 

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You could probably get away with using those plastic corner things they sell at wallpaper stores that protect the corners from getting torn/scuffed up. I would imagine they are cheap.

Wkndracer http://www.foamandupholstery.com/out_door_foam.htm that's another place to buy foam, scroll down to regicall Foam. I don't know how thick you are looking for though.
 

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http://www.kofflersales.com/product.asp?cid=56&pid=74 is the corner guards. I used to get them at hardware stores, but I can't remember seeing them there for several years. They might be the cheapest easy to do way to hold a corner filter.
Yup! That's what I meant. I'm pretty sure I've still seen them around in hardware stores around here, haven't really looked for them though.
 

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Why does a piece of foam cost so much $$$?? So I am going by this calculation of the famous Olaf and the size mat I need for the power-head I currently own is quite pricey. Time to double check my math as this doesn't sound right.

Haven't yet decided on just doing a vertical wall of foam or the semi circle mount. The wall seems less intrusive to me. For a tank 48" long and approximately 12" deep and 12" high, the vertical mount seems less obtrusive.
 

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Does anyone currently have a HMF setup in his/her own tank? If so, please share pictures if you have any! I'm looking for inspiration.
Hi.
I have three HMF:s in my tanks.
One is a standard "end of a tank foamed"-version, one is in a sump.

One is in a 250 gal brackish tank, been working for four years I think. The foam is 1 x 0,5 meters, on the back of the tank:


Pump is a Koralia 4, rigged onto a chamber in the corner:



I also made a fake rock background with a lot of holes, slots and gaps to hide the foam:


Koralia is a powerful pump and even though it takes part of it's flow through the grille left in front of the chamber, it probably takes more water through the foam than is necessary/ideal.

But it's been working fine for four years. I have taken the foam out for a wash twice so far.
 
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