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post #1 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Sponge Filter?

Hello! Is there any way to make a DIY sponge filter? Has anyone tried?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 10:29 PM
There a lot of ways to make a sponge filter..... depends on what you have on-hand to use... powerhead or airpump.

I buy used equipment, powerheads and UGF uptake tubes are great and cheap. These powerheads just go and go. You drill holes in the uptake tube then wrap plain old filter floss around it then a optional filter pad. You can use a actual sponge, I have a big rectangle one I bought for a sponge filter..... it looks nicer. Don't ask me why I don't use it... Like most of the stuff I make, its held together with rubberbands.

Looks ugly, but I don't bother with ascetics. They get buried amongst the plants no matter how nice or ugly they look. Whats amusing is that plants can actually root onto the filter. This pic is really old, but its the only one I have of this filter.

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post #3 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 08:53 AM
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you can mae them from a tube and a spong of filter bag and power it with an air pump also .... google vids has hundreds of ideas

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post #4 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 12:17 PM
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My DIY sponge filter:

Materials:
1 1/2" diameter PVC pipe around 6-7 inches long
1 PVC pipe end cap
1 PVC pipe elbow joint
1 suction cup
Foam

Procedure:
Drill holes into the PVC pipe, 8-12 will do. Drill another hole on the elbow joint at the point where it bends. Gat some air line tubing and put in through the hole. Place the elbow joint on one end of the pie and the end cap on the other. Make sure the air line tubing goes through the elbow joint and into the pvc pipe. Superglue or silicon the suction cup on to the end cap so it can stick to the tank bottom if you don't have substrate. If you have a substrate, you may substitute the suction cup with a rock to prevent the sponge filter from fleating away. Now, poke a hole into your desired piece of foam/sponge and insert the tube in. You can now hook it into your air pump.

Is this clear enough? I can post pics if you need it.

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 09:24 PM
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Can't offer you no pictures, but googel 'Hambruger Mattenfilter' works great for any sized tank, all you need it sponge/foam and a lil pump like you'd find at the home store for them lil waterfountains

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I made one using old filter intakes, a baby food jar, sponge and old air tubing. All from scratch. I can't wait to see if it works!
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 10:47 PM
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Detailed DIY picture thread please.......

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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I'll take pics after school today.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-14-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Here's the pics!

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post #10 of 13 Old 01-14-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here's the pics!








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