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Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:48 pm

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Right Guys you will have to bare with me while I do this as I have never done anything like this before.

I would like to start by saying that this is not my idea or design. I found it on U-Tube and will post the link at the end.

Basically this filter is Identical to the Huey hung filter that alot of people put in fry tanks.
You will need;-
A small squash bottle, Bio balls (enough to half fill the bottle), Air line, two suckers, a block of course sponge.
and a 6mm drillbit. Its easier with the drill but not essential.
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I have used Bioballs because they float and as you know they make a brilliant filter media.

Start by making a few holes in the lid and bottom of the bottle.

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Then lay the bottom on its side and make a hole in the neck just bellow the lid.

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Now make two holes in the side of the bottle to fit the suckers. (on the same side as the hole in the neck)

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Half fill the bottle with the Bio ball and screw on the lid.

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Force the suckers in to the two holes in the side of the bottle.

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Take the air line and feed it in to the hole in the neck so you have about 1/2 inch in the bottle.

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Next take the block of sponge and make a slot in it so it will fit over the cap.

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Job done.

I hope this makes sense.
If not the link to the original one is bellow.

:text-thankyoublue: for taking the time to read this.


http://www.youtube.com/user/uarujoey#p/c/0/ROkhHGIPwj4
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Clare » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:55 pm

Brilliant little idea. I have seen something like this before with a bottle.

Could this be modified to work the same with a power head attached to the bottle opening?
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Deak » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:04 am

isnt this designed for fry tanks though lol could be a bit too much for them but id say yes it would be quite easy really :tu:
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Clare » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:08 am

Deak wrote:isnt this designed for fry tanks though lol could be a bit too much for them but id say yes it would be quite easy really :tu:


I was actually thinking of this type of thing with a power head for those who need to filter floss their tanks to clear it etc?
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:08 am

Im not sure it could be really because the sponge goes over the opening that you would put the power head on, unless you made the hole in the bottom of the bottle to fit over the impeller part of the power head so it sucks water through the bottle.
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:09 am

Clare wrote:
Deak wrote:isnt this designed for fry tanks though lol could be a bit too much for them but id say yes it would be quite easy really :tu:


I was actually thinking of this type of thing with a power head for those who need to filter floss their tanks to clear it etc?


In that case yeah I dont see why not.
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Clare » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:44 am

Barry wrote:If the bottle neck is too large for the powerhead to wedge in, you could leave the cap on but drill a hole in it the same size as the powerhead intake. Then it would wedge in.


Never thought of that and I was thinking that myself with the strainers of some power heads. :clap:
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:07 pm

And the filter working.

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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Clare » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Looks good. :tu: :clap:
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby KEV » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:07 pm

Looked into a similar version over 6 months ago with K1, But never got round to trying it.
They look efective so will have to get off my but and make a couple to give them a go. Seems they working well. :tu:
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:05 pm

Yes KEV works on the same theory as the little foam filters but has the benifit of mechanical filtration too.
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Chilumbaben1 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:58 pm

Great filter mate
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Re: Cheap DIY filter.

Postby Scott » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:33 pm

thanks mate
I now have about 10 of these running in my shed.
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