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  1. This hobby has encouraged a DIY imagination for me, but I've never really had to do anything with my one and only tank, other than a modest mod on my HOB. But today, while I'm in the midst of rebuilding that one tank, I found myself making my own box filter to help me get out the cloudiness produced by my substrate. I used one of the soup containers from Chinese take out (although I think this was Vietnamese take out). Used a blade and cut a hole on the lid. Then used a drill to drill holes around the lid, and then around the top of the container. Then stuck in the aquarium co-op sponge filter inner components. It was a prefect fit. Anymore perfect, the weighted portion would also fit, but it doesn't. Judging by the color of the polyfill, I'd say it's working well alongside my HOB (also stuffed with polyfill). Although I messed up and accidentally squeezed the polyfill in the HOB and l the dirty water came out. First time working with this stuff..... D'oh
  2. I had been muling over the idea of making a DIY box filter out of a cup container i have laying around. Before starting this project i had reviewed and watched many videos on box filters. I was wondering, if anyone had opinions, or advice on box filters in general. Do they seem to work well? Are they a hassle in some way? Any advantages or disadvantages? Im just curious as i have never used a store bought, name brand version to know how effective they are at filtration.
  3. Pros and cons of box filters as your only filter..10 gallon...does anyone use them?
  4. Hi all: As I continue to work on my Six-Piece Nano-Ponds project, I wanted to try an alternative to the tried-and-true sponge filter: this 4" box filter from Jehmco: https://jehmco.com/html/box_filters.html (non-affiliate link) In the constant debate between sponge and box filters, the sponge filter usually wins for me, except for one big problem: that thing is a mess to clean, even using the baggie technique. So I thought I would see if I could get some nice layered sponge work going on in such a way as to make it easiest to clean and most efficient in polishing the water while I'm at it! The Jehmco box filter consists of three pieces. Water flow goes from top to bottom, and then bubbles back up through a tube in the center. So, rather than think of mechanical media and bio media as two distinct phases in filtration, I'm thinking of it more along the lines of a "gradation". Coarse particles get filtered out and removed first, and the fewest bacteria grow there, because that's cleaned and/or changed more often. At the end, I would have the most bacteria and the finest particles. And all the layers in-between would be a progression from one to the other. If I layer things right, the plan is to never change most of the media! So I went hunting on Amazon, and found this lovely pack of AquaNeat foam pads in various densities, designed for SunSun filters and others: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VBQHKR1 (non-affiliate link) This selection provided me three pads of each kind, all for $13. It may seem like overkill, but I'm actually building SIX such filters, so it'll all get used! The pads are about 8-1/2" across, so I figured I could get 2-3 box filter pads from each one. I plan never to replace them. The replaceable part comes from this blue and white floss, $7 from PetSmart (sometimes discounted), and I think I should be able to get somewhere around 20 pads from this one piece! The final type of pad I wanted to employ here was also a piece of filter foam from Aquarium Co-Op, because it's so very coarse and a good first layer: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/filter-media/products/sponge-pad-coarse After taking some measurements, I decided I needed four-inch circles, so I first cut a piece of cardboard to size, and I used that as a guide for cutting my pads. I punched each pad twice with a chopstick to make room for the filter tubes, and assembled my "Dagwood Sandwich" of a box filter! I ended up using TWO floss pads for the top, to help catch more detritus before it enters the pad assembly. Looks like the Aquarium Co-Op pad will catch a lot as well. One last bit of hot-rodding to do: The Jehmco Web site suggests that putting a real uplift tube on the filter will significantly increase the draw of water through it. So I purchased a 3-foot piece of 1/2" stiff tubing (also from Jehmco), cut it into six-inch lengths, and it fit quite snugly on my filter box: And that's it. I'm hoping that maintenance will pretty much consist of replacing the two floss pads, lightly rinsing the first couple layers of pads most often, rinsing the rest of the pads progressively less often. One souped-up, turbo-charged, hot-rodded box filter ready to go! I'll try to post a follow-up in coming months about how well this worked out. Thanks for reading! Bill
  5. Hey all, as most mornings, I spent this one cleaning filters and feeding turtles and fish. This morning I thought I might show off a filter I've been using for years. Mostly cause I think its cool...."nerd"....but also cause someone might could find it useful. Materials: Lee's mini critter keeper Top fin small under gravel filter Plastic canvas Tools: Scissors Super glue (gel type) First I start off by trimming slats out of one of the under gravel tiles so I can latch the bell end of the tube to the center of it. Next I remove the clear plastic door off of the lid of the critter keeper. Then trim a piece of plastic canvas to fit it and super glue it in place. Making sure to cut out a center hole for the upright tube. (You can see on this one I kinda messed up centering the hole) Now assemble, fill with media (i like lava rock and poly fill), attach and air pump and thats it you're done. The under gravel filter kit comes with a standard air stone which clogs super quick, so i recommend replacing it with a no clog air stone from Aqurium Co-Op when you get a chance. These filters have about the same capacity as an aqua clear 70 and considering you can build 2 of them for under $40 including the air pump and media they're awesome. I've been using them for years with turtles (a lot of turtles) and fish alike.
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