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chipstick 11-04-2009 12:39 PM

External Filter Installation

I have just purchased a Fluval 205 external filter for my 3ft tank. I have just tried to fit it and have discovered a problem :-?

My tank sits in a clearseal cabinet. The tank has a lip sealed all the way around it on which a sliding door goes across. There is a small square in one corner which my light cables go through, but the hole is not large enough for the two pipes, and pipe holders to go into. Therefore its useless for my tank!

I have an internal pump/heater currently, and bought this external ones as the internal one is an eye saw!

My only thought so far is to break the silicon thats holding these glass lips on the top of my tank off and removing the sliding cover. But with the wodden cabinet around it I still dont think the supplied 'hanging over' bits will fit due to the thickness of this.

Anyone have any ideas what I can do to use this filter with my tank?


bettababy 11-04-2009 12:57 PM

Can you post any photos of the tank, especially the areas in question? Maybe a visual will inspire some ideas.

Please be careful when removing parts of an aquarium. In doing so you will very likely void any warranty on that tank, and can also cause damage. If there is any type of brace that is attached to the lip you would weaken that brace, which could cause breakage/collapse of the tank at some point when pressure gets to be too much.

A photo would really help alot.

chipstick 11-04-2009 01:53 PM

This tank on ebay is simular to mine.

FISH TANK on eBay (end time 05-Nov-09 12:48:06 GMT)

You can see the sills at the top that a glass sliding lid would sit on.

My only other thought is to buy a new tank with just the 4 sides. But my lights are fixed to the top of my cabinet:

So if I didnt have the glass top on it, then the fish could soak the electrics.

Will try and get some pics of my actual tank soon.

bettababy 11-04-2009 03:11 PM

If you can take photos from above looking down at the top of the tank, and also from behind, that would help alot more. This photo you offered shows very little of what we will need to see to offer you suggestions.

Also, holding up the tubing in question to the top will help us get a better perspective on sizes that need to be accommodated.

Do you know who the manufacturer is for your specific tank?

chipstick 11-05-2009 03:55 AM

Thanks for your reply Dawn.

I have taken some pics from various angles to give an idea of what I mean. My cabinet is in a tight position so was hard to get some overhead pics, but you should see what i'm up against.

I have no idea who made the tank. It doesnt seem to be a clear seal like the cabinet as its not got the black top surrround like the clearseals have.

I got everything second hand as a lot, so not sure whats what.

Pics to follow


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