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post #11 of 18 Old 11-28-2011, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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http://www.amazon.com/Lock-406-Fluid-Rectangular-Container-Handle/dp/B001CMUOBK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1
this is pretty big and looks like the lid should do the job and it comes with a grated "tray" or media divider lol

i have a dog named fish

30g long

55g -planted

125g 4ft long octagonal

55g
MALAWIS COMING SOON

10g hospital
-empty- :]

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-28-2011, 12:19 PM
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Just a heads up foster and smith is have a 5 hour sale today, lots of canister filters on sale starting at $45
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-03-2012, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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ok so basicly i retrofitted the canister to be a 18 gal storage tote it was like $6 this 108 is for 12
Walmart.com: Rubbermaid 18-Gallon Roughneck Storage Box, Blue, Set of 12: Storage & Organization

i siliconed the top to be extra sealed and will use tiny wood screws to hold it down easily removed for cleaning

this is my new design that i have already started all i had to do was buy the storage bin

everything else i am removing out of the tank thats in it right now
the pool filter was in the tank already and the "eggcrate" i think its called was used for a diy undergravel filter which every one knows sucks monkey nuts
so i used the pool filter for heat and threw the other one into the closet lol
the eggcrate is used to seperate the media and on the top i havent decided what im going to use to stop the water from going down only in that one spot

my options are glass, plastic, seran wrap lol or acrylic
i will probably use thin plasic or somthing lighter

all connections will be done with bulkheads

and the tank was already drilled on the bottom 3 times where shown

pic is not to scale as the bio ball "dump" is only maybe 1/2 an in from the cotton
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i have a dog named fish

30g long

55g -planted

125g 4ft long octagonal

55g
MALAWIS COMING SOON

10g hospital
-empty- :]
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-03-2012, 01:35 PM
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Cool glad your making progress, just a few points, be careful of those storage bins, they are not meant to hold water so the sides will bow out and pull the walls you create with it, also will make it harder to put top back on. Also you didn't say what you would be using to drain the water from your tank, but make sure its just over flows so you only have 1 pump doing the work so the flow stays constant. Also a good air tight seal on that lid will be very important, otherwise it turns into a sump with all the possible flooding that those come with.
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-03-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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the eggcrates separating the media will be siliconed to the sides hopefully making the sides not bow
if that doesnt work ill gorilla tape the **** out of the sides giving it more integrity

and i will be using an overflow system i have seen at my local hospital shown in the sketch
using 2 2in clear acrylic pipes for out put and 1 1/2in pvc for input
and the black things u see are homemade rock cave that i will be using for my malawi mbunas

but again its a quick sketch and the acrylic pipes go all the way to the top and the slots are cut something like 1in to 1.5 in long because it is a seamless acrylic tank
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i have a dog named fish

30g long

55g -planted

125g 4ft long octagonal

55g
MALAWIS COMING SOON

10g hospital
-empty- :]
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-04-2012, 12:50 PM
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Silicone doesn't like holding to many plastics so might need to rethink that.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-28-2012, 10:14 PM
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Hey all. I have been thinking about building a canister filter.

I Have a possible solution for your bucket seal problem.( gamma seal Lids) easy thread on and off w/seal 3,5,6 gallon buckets. Havent tried it but seems like it may hold up to pressures. Also benefit of having room to use cheapest submersible pumps.

My other concept is a little trickier. I scored these 4" PVC tubes at a reuse store. They have sealed end and threaded cap end. They are 4' long. Pump would have to be external inline preferably threaded on top or bottom. Cheaper mag drive pond pumps may be ideal. The 4' height is great for my setup since its built into the wall. This would put the water levels equal avoiding potential spillage. Media containers are still up in the air. I'm thinking random plastic containers or hydro net pots.

Lt me know what you think. In any event I thought I may have something to add to this thead. Check out those buckets.

I got scammed on a cracked fluval 404 so I'm weighing other options. If anyone has any busted 404's I may be interested in parts.
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-12-2012, 11:02 PM
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The buckets that the chlorine pucks come in for my poo........l lock on and seem to be water and vapor tight......they are only about 3 or 4 gallons if that makes a difference..........hope this helps you
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