DIY canister filter?

Discussion in 'DIY' started by CarpCharacin, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

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    I am going to get a 300 gallon stock tank soon (once I've finished some of my existing projects) so I can start breeding cichlids. Has anyone here built a DIY canister filter? If so, what did you use for the filter body, a 5 gallon bucket, PVC pipe? What did you use for media?
     
  2. Angelphish

    Angelphish German blue ram Fish guru

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    Just make a sump. A 75g sump will be sufficient for a 300, and you can build one for roughly $300-600.
     
  3. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

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    I'd prefer to have a canister. $300-600 is a lot of money and I have limited space.
     
  4. Angelphish

    Angelphish German blue ram Fish guru

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    $300-600 is for a nice sump, including the pump, plumbing and everything else that would go in it. A crappy little DIY canister won't do your 300 any good.
     
  5. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

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    Could I use the pump I have for the sump?
     
  6. Angelphish

    Angelphish German blue ram Fish guru

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    Not sure what you mean by that.

    Just a suggestion -
    You may want to look into breeding Hoplarchus Psittacus, as they are much more rare and expensive than Vieja Synspilum.
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

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    I have a spare 950 GPH magnetic drive pump.
     
  8. Angelphish

    Angelphish German blue ram Fish guru

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    You want something in the range of 2100-3600gph. The magnetic drive pump would make a good circulation pump.
     
  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

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    I have an evolution es3500 on my 1500 gallon koi pond. So maybe an es2500?
     
  10. Angelphish

    Angelphish German blue ram Fish guru

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    That should work. You want at least 7x+ turnover with a sump, so 2100gph would be the minimum. 10x is ideal.
     

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