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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:42 pm Post subject: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,
 Ive  drawn  a  diagram  of  a  filter  that  i  thought  of  for  my  6  ft  freshwater  tank  (6'L  x  2'W  x  1.5'H).  I  would  be  using  two  1200L/Hr  Powerheads  
 Please  let  me  know  if  this  is  a  viable  option  for  my  tank.  I  do  water  changes  once  every  week.
 
 PS  :  I  cannot  go  in  for  any  external/other  expensive  filters  at  the  moment.  Do  let  me  know  if  there  is  any  other  option  other  than  mine.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:02 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 It  should  work.
 
 Just  to  do  some  calculations  of  the  flow  rate  Vs  the  hanging  container.
 
 If  you  have  good  amount  of  space  around  the  hood  and  no  issues  blocking  lighting,  then  this  would  surely  be  one  of  the  best  bet.
 
 Good  luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:10 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 Hi  Manav,
 
 This  is  the  same  principle  of  the  top  filter.  This  will  work  well.  Only  thing  you  need  to  take  care  is  the  amount  of  water  it  filters  in  an  hour.  Check  the  flow  rate  of  the  pumps  and  make  sure  that  sufficient  enough  is  filtered  in  an  hour.  You  can  have  two  or  more  power  heads  to  increase  the  flow  rate.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:15 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 Very Happy  OOPS!   Very Happy  
 
 Hey  Mana,
 
 Probablly  it  wouldnt  work  if  you  have  power  heads  outside  water,  ideally  they  should  be  inside  water  on  tank  floor.  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:21 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 You  can  use  an  air  pump  and  utilize  the  air  lift  principle.
 You  can  try  with  one  air  pump  and  then  scale  up  if  necessary
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:02 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 @manav1984,
 
 If  you  can  do  water  changes  every  week,  and  if  you  can  afford  two  1200  lph  powerheads,  just  spend  a  little  extra  cash  and  buy  an  UGF.  
 
 You  can  run  them  with  your  powerheads,  and  clean  up  the  gravel[just  the  top  with  a  gravel  vac]  every  time  you  do  the  water  change.
 
 PS:  UGF  =  Under  Gravel  Filter
 For  Gravel  Vac  see  :  http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f20/diy-coke-bottle-gravel-vac-75702.html
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:13 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 yes  it  will  work  surly  but  the  power  head  must  be  submersed
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:42 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 Manav!  it  should  work  well.  but  don't  you  think  the  filter  tray  will  block  the  lights?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:16 am Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 as  indianhotriff  said  the  filter  medium  will  block  the  light  to  large  extent  that  is  the  biggest  problem  for  this  type  of  filters,  i  m  facing  the  same  problem   Crying or Very sad   that  is  why  i  m  thinking  of  switching  to  some  external  filter.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: Filter - Is This Practical ? Reply with quote

 Yes,  the  flow  rate  :  filter  media  size  was  one  of  my  concerns,  ill  have  to  plan  it  such  that  my  filter  media  can  handle  the  water  flow  rate.  Too  small  and  it  may  overflow.
 If  i  put  2  powerheads  @  1200L/Hr  =  2400L/Hr  i  think  this  is  sufficient  filtering  rate  for  this  size  tank?
 Yes,  the  powerheads  will  be  submerged,  cause  they  dont  work  well  when  partially  out  of  water.
 
 
                                                 
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 just  spend  a  little  extra  cash  and  buy  an  UGF.  
 You  can  run  them  with  your  powerheads,  and  clean  up  the  gravel[just  the  top  with  a  gravel  vac]  every  time  you  do  the  water  change.
 
 PS:  UGF  =  Under  Gravel  Filter
 For  Gravel  Vac  see  :  http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f20/diy-coke-bottle-gravel-vac-75702.html
                 

 
 Are  gravel  vac  and  UGF  the  same  apparatus  or  are  they  different  ?  I  use  gravel  vac  once  every  2  weeks  in  the  aquarium.  Can  this  be  connected  to  the  powerhead  as  well  ?  Never  thought  of  it.
 
 One  thing  i  didnt  consider  though  is  the  lights  getting  blocked   Clapping  
 Since  i  haven't  setup  my  lighting  up  as  yet,  i  will  have  to  work  around  this,  and  see  what  i  can  come  up  with.
 Thanks  a  lot  guys  for  the  feedback  suggestions.
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