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post #1 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Canister filter

I am starting a new 29 gal tank and found a pond pump (size unknow will have to look it up) at the house that wasnt being used and me being me thought " now what can I use this for" and with a buddy of my just finishing his Nitrate reactor it made me think "canister filter"

The plan is to use a 4" pvc tube, the pond pump, 1/2 pvc that I already have and the filter media and get started. The great thing about DIY is you start one way and end up going another. I will be getting supplys tomorrow and hopefully get started this weekend.

I will need some help in selecting media. I was thinking (not in order) act carbon, bio media, something to fight ammonia, foam, filter pads and realy anything else i can fit into it. I would like to see if I could put my heater in there also. It would be less stuff hanging in the tank. I will post picts as I go

right now I have

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2 100 micron 7' filter socks (for cut to size)
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post #2 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 06:53 PM
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Something to fight ammonia?

I'd reccomend just sticking with the bio-media...

Also, do your research first- the pump has to be able to handle a lot of back-pressure...

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post #3 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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I agree on the pump. I think it will be big enough but I am going to check it to be sure.

Can I use bio media for that. (its been a while since I had a tank) I have read where you can get specific media to help with ammonia. But if the bio will do it thats great!! ( now what to put in the free space!!!???)

I have been doing alot of research on this (mostly the canister construction) and have a good friend that knows WAY more than I do to lean on.

it should be fun!!!!
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post #4 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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pump is 800 gph made by General foam Plastics corp model FR-800. It came from an old pond kit I had
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post #5 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 08:52 PM
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Ahhhhhhh! You've taken my idea! Actually I've been debating how much a project like this would cost compared a commercial unit but with the pump you are probably already ahead by already having one of the most expensive parts. But then again you are talking about a 800 GPH pump which might be too much flow for a 29 gallon, is there anyway to reduce flow on it?

But this also gives me a new idea that might be a little over the top.
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post #6 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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heh by the time I'm done it may cost more but that dosent matter to me that much. I will have exactly what I wanted and I will know that I made it. by my nature to tinker I can never do a diy project for the $$ savings

I will most likely have to throttle it down. The media will reduce it some but how much i dont know
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post #7 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 10:23 PM
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dont forget a full write up and pix!!!!!!!!!!!! man this sounds great!!

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post #8 of 28 Old 09-22-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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well after a little more cleaning on the pump it turns out to be a 600 gph pump. I look forward to get started. I will have a lot of picts!!
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 01:03 AM
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interesting

what are you thinking for the housing...i am interested in this project...it could definatly go somewere...im sure there will be kinks to work out...i will be waiting to see some pics...ADIOS...

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post #10 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 01:19 AM
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I think you are 100% when you said "The great thing about DIY is you start one way and end up going another." Because I feel the same way. But we all do it because of the unknown, right? That makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for reminding me again, I've really enjoyed the adventure so far...







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I am starting a new 29 gal tank and found a pond pump (size unknow will have to look it up) at the house that wasnt being used and me being me thought " now what can I use this for" and with a buddy of my just finishing his Nitrate reactor it made me think "canister filter"

The plan is to use a 4" pvc tube, the pond pump, 1/2 pvc that I already have and the filter media and get started. The great thing about DIY is you start one way and end up going another. I will be getting supplys tomorrow and hopefully get started this weekend.

I will need some help in selecting media. I was thinking (not in order) act carbon, bio media, something to fight ammonia, foam, filter pads and realy anything else i can fit into it. I would like to see if I could put my heater in there also. It would be less stuff hanging in the tank. I will post picts as I go

right now I have

pump
2 100 micron 7' filter socks (for cut to size)
heater
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