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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:42 am Post subject: DIY CANISTER FILTER Reply with quote

 This  is  the  DIY  that  many  persons  had  attempted.  Now  this  is  my  turn.
 Yes,  I  have  completed  successfully  the  CANISTER  FILTER  for  my  100ltrs  aquarium.
 The  canister  used,  is  an  industrial  paint  drum  of  12ltrs,  (15“x8“?)  made  of  plastic.  The  unique  thing  of  this  drum  is,  it  has  a  metal  brace  to  close  the  lid  air  tight.  I  tested  the  drum  filled  with  water  and  closed  the  lid  with  the  brace.  The  drum  then  placed  horizontally  and  sat  over  it  with  my  80  kilo  weight.  No  leakage.
 Now  I  drilled  a  hole  at  the  lower  end  of  the  drum  &  a  hole  at  the  lid  with  a  heated  1/2"  metal  short  piece.  These  are  holes  for  inlet  and  outlet  of  the  canister.  Fitted  the  bulk  heads,  here  I  pasted  the  rubber  washers  with  the  drum  and  the  lid  with  rubber  pasting  solution  (Dendrite).  All  the  screw  patches  of  the  bulkheads  were  cladded  with  Teflon  tape  to  make  the  junctions  leakproof.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:36 pm Post subject: Re: DIY CANISTER FILTER Reply with quote

 Good  work  aquamad   Thumb Up  .  Can  you  post  few  pics  of  your  work?
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 Thanks  Kuna  for  your  encouragement.
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 Next  I  used  an  acrylic  board  from  my  junkbox,  of  2mm  thickness  (100x60mm)  for  making  a  L  bracket  to  mount  the  SOBO  power  head  pump  (800ltrs/hour).  I  pasted  the  removable  plate  of  the  back  side  of  the  pump  with  the  longer  side  of  the  L  bracket  with  Quickfix  and  Mseal.  Now  the  L  is  fixed  with  the  inner  side  of  the  lid  opposite  to  the  bulkhead  with  screws  and  nuts  and  obviously  with  rubber  washers.  Next  I  slided  the  pumphead  to  the  slot  of  the  plate,  so  the  pump  hangs  securely  with  the  lid.  
 Next  I  drilled  two  holes  on  the  lid  to  pass  the  pump  wire  and  float  switch  wire.  Here  I  used  two  cycle  tube  nipple  holders  (the  lower  part)  tightened  with  rubber  washers  and  nuts  with  the  lid.  I  passed  the  wires  through  the  holes  of  the  nipple  holders.  Took  dot  pen  plastic  caps  and  drilled  holes  to  pass  the  wires  through  them.  Now  filled  sufficient  amount  of  silicone  sealant  in  the  caps  and  pushed  the  caps  to  the  nipple  holders  until  the  sealant  goes  through  the  holes  of  the  nipple  holders.  I  do  this  because  I  can  remove  any  time  the  pump  or  float  switch  by  cutting  and  removing  the  caps.  I  fitted  the  float  switch  to  stop  the  motor  incase  the  inlet  pipe  is  blocked  and  no  water  can  flows  to  the  canister.  At  that  time  the  pump  sends  water  to  the  aquarium  until  the  water  layer  reached  below  the  pump  impeller.  Now  two  things  can  happen,  over  flood  of  the  aquarium  and/  burnt  out  pump.  The  float  switch  can  save  both  the  situations.
 The  switch  is  fitted  in  series  with  the  pump.  An  indicator  LED  is  used  to  indicate  whether  the  pump  is  running  or  not,  at  a  glance.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:51 am Post subject: Re: DIY CANISTER FILTER Reply with quote

 INSIDE  THE  CANISTER
 For  the  first  layer  I  used  two  rejected  ceramic  water  filter  candles  broken  into  small  pieces.  Then  second  layer  with  25  pcs  plastic  scrubbers.  The  third  layer  consisted  with  synthetic  cotton  from  rejected  teddy  bear  toy.  This  is  about  150  gm  making  2.5“  thick  layer.  Next  came  a  small  plastic  basket.  This  was  for,  to  prevent  the  materials  under  it  from  coming  out  under  pressure  and  chocked  the  pump  inlet.
 
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 Very  nicely  done.  But  one  question,  I  can  see  that  you  have  used  a  direct  current  of  220v  in  the  float  switch  which  can  be  dangerous  to  your  fishes  if  in  case  it  leaks  any  current  in  the  water.  What  you  can  do  is  use  a  low  voltage  power  supply  and  trigger  the  float  switch  with  the  help  of  relay.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:57 am Post subject: Re: DIY CANISTER FILTER Reply with quote

 Clapping  good  job  and  thank   Thumbs Up  you  for  posting  this
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:08 pm Post subject: Re: DIY CANISTER FILTER Reply with quote

 Thanks  Ruchit  &  Sirkingpin.
 @  Ruchit
 The  floating  switch  is  totally  sealed,  so  no  question  of  leakage  of  current,  if  leakage  be  there,  as  glass  is  non  conductive  so  leaking  current  does  not  effect  fishes  in  the  aquarium.
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 excellent  job  Thumbs Up
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