nabokovfan87 Posted March 20 Share Posted March 20 (edited) In case you missed it, here is the original thread: I want to start off by specifying a few ground rules here and clarify, succinctly, about some of previous results here. How to improve the Seachem Tidal Filters:Phase 1 (No tools or permanent mods) -Replace foams in the filter basket -Verify basket is not overstuffed -Remove air from media bag and tuck as much as possible -Set flow down one "tick"Phase 2 (Easy mods, no power tools needed) -Requires All Phase 1 Mods -Cut bottom grates of basket to improve input flow -Seal basket "window" cutout and all small bypass holes in the filter basketPhase 3 (Full mods, major change to how filter functions) -Requires All Phase 2 and Phase 1 Mods -Seal skimmer grate with silicone -Seal pump housing grates with silicone -Cut slots in bottom of Intake tube -Add prefilter sponge "What's the goal for this project now?" you might ask..... The goal is that I need to verify things we tested previously on a larger filter. This gives us a larger sample size, more information, and a different pump/impeller design to work with. This also has some slight variations compared to the original mods. I also plan to get the information for each phase of upgrades to be more clear and easier to reference for those interested. This is one of the filters I originally did some testing with. You'll see some remnants of that testing here. Holes in the base of the basket Added Coarse - Medium - Fine Foams Skimmer eating plants Basket tab broke one me 😞 Here are some of the things we're going to use for the mods on this filter: First, to clean everything, I use 91-99% Isopropyl Alcohol. Before adding silicone on anything, it is usually recommended to remove oils and prep the surface this way. For the more permanent mods: I will go ahead and add more details here shortly with the mods completed. Needless to say, we're basically ready to go any second now! Edited April 26 by nabokovfan87 Removed Excess Photo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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