01-19-2011, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bearwithfish
ok let start off with advantages
a second filter creates another place for Benificail Bacteria to grow this means that when one filter needs cleaning the other will keep the cleaning going while (the now clean one) re populates with bacteria.
by polishing water i mean to say that you sill filter it more than the normal amount and if you use some really fine media (pads and such) it will come out crystal clear..
now as for making one (DIY means do it your self) there are many ways and many combinations of ways to make them some are as simple as putting a pipe drilled with holes at one end in to a sponge and rinnung an air line in it to lift the water others are much more complex.... over the last few years i have developed a few main types i use and i am going to build an experimental one in the next few weeks (there will be a build thread for it here on the site)
for the moment if you are interested i would suggest going to a video site or Google "DIY filter) and see what comes up again taking a bit of time to research what you want and are able to build///
Oh, I've seen one's similar to the pipe with an airstone at the bottom before. That would be beneficial? Would it count as a second filter?
As for my filter media, I only have sponges in there. They are regular yellow sponges that I took the green bristle pad off of. These have worked flawlessly for me for the past year. But should I leave the bristle pad on?