Why do we do an aquarium filter with our own hands, if you can buy it?
Sometimes, there are situations when we very urgently may need an aquarium filter, but there is no way to get it quickly. Most often this happens either because of the appearance of fry in the aquarium, and they must be urgently separated. Or because of the unexpected breakdown of the standard filter, and the life of all the inhabitants of the aquarium is under threat! And most often this happens when the stores are closed, or there is no way to wait for the delivery of the order from the Internet. Plus, there are situations where we can not use a standard aquarium filter and want to change it. For example, because of large holes and the danger of sucking fry or shrimp. And also, when we want to increase the area of biological filtration, and there is no place in the standard filter for this. And this is our case.
My friend and experienced aquarist from Latvia, once acquired a RESUN DM-400 aquarium set, with a very interesting filter design. It seems to be external, but is under the cover of the aquarium. I followed her example and also purchased this aquarium. I studied, wrote a whole post about him and about the filter in particular, and I consider this solution to the location of the aquarium filter, one of the best. It does not occupy space useful for fish, and is not visible from the outside. You can read more about it below!
Aquarium filter. What is needed for this?
To produce a biological aquarium filter, we do not need anything secret. We need only what is at home for almost every aquarist.
Empty plastic bottle, 0,5 liter.
Any unnecessary filter or pump.
A piece of foam to keep the filter on the surface of the water.
Standard fillers for the filter. Synthepon and sponge.
Ceramic rings for the aquarium filter.
Activated charcoal for an aquarium filter.
Aquarium filter. Manufacturing process.
Make holes in the bottom of the plastic bottle.
Council. If you seriously take a great interest in aquariums, then you often have to deal with different plastic parts. Do holes or cut something. And to make this process easier, just heat the awl, nail or knife on the gas burner. It will be all plain sailing.
We add and stack the fillers.
Connecting the pump to the filter.
We put the tube of the pump outlet into the neck of the bottle. If the diameters do not match, use a sponge to seal the gaps. Or, if time permits, fill with aquarium silicone.
The biological filter is ready!
Aquarium filter. Test.
You can see the results of the test in this short video.
If you want to make an excellent biological filter, or increase the filtering surface of an already active filter. That this option can be confidently called an ideal solution.
The article is based on the personal experience of an experienced aquarist from Latvia, Kate Sadovska.
You can contact the groups at Facebook following the links below:
Club of Aquarists of Latvia.
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