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Postby Guest on Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:09 pm

While browsing anouther site I found this topic and have read through it all. I have already purchased the tub for the filter a little bigger thans needed really, I have the pump. Now I just need to get the rest of the supplies to build this. Im going to use it on a ten gal instead of the intended 5 gal. but it should work for any small size tank. Hope you all enjoy it.
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Postby littlecobra1977 on Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:11 pm

Ok that was me that just posted that. I dont know what the heck is going on but it says I was a guest when I created that. Oh Well.
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Postby Donya on Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:09 pm

Two quick questions...where did you get the container and pump from? Finding a pump set me back from making my own last year since home depot only had $200+ huge pumps. Also had trouble finding a container with a nice tight seal.
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Postby littlecobra1977 on Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:45 pm

i think i got the small pump at K mart last year but its only a 70 to 100 gal hr pump. Farm King also sells similar pumps. Look for pumps that will work on a table top water feature. It cost me I think 20.00. the tub that I picked up last night is similar to the one in the site but it stands about 10 inches tall and is square instead of round. it has locks on all 4 sides. I picked it up at County market food center. I would check wal mart but also dont forget the regular stores as well. I picked it up for 2.99.
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Postby peggyd3 on Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:58 pm

We make our filters using a five gallon pail. Works great for large stock tanks etc, just not that pretty! With the five gallon pail you only need to use a small pump and Jaboe makes them pretty cheap. We have four of them that we are currently using on 3 goldfish tanks and one cana tank.
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Postby littlecobra1977 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:20 am

sorry misprint
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Postby littlecobra1977 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:23 am

Hey I got mine done but Im waiting on a few supplies to get it up and running. I found out a few helpful things.
1) Dont silicone the pump to the lid, it wont hold for long. So I took mine off and cleaned it as well as possible to remove the silicone. I then took my dremal tool with a sanding tip and sanded the whole top of the pump, the spot where the pump will be located, as well as where the power cord and outlet would be. Then I hot glued it all in palce and tryed to get the hot glue to seal up as much as possible.
2)Use the silicone after a test run to find where it leaks and it dont. No use in siliconing the whole thing if it dont need it. its a hassle if you foundthat it leaks some where else after you have sealed most of what you think would leak.
3)Put a light film of silicone on the lids O-ring to be safe that that part dont leak.
Ok Ok heres the pics of mine
Here it is altogether
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/ ... 0_0428.jpg
Heres the lid pics
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/ ... 0_0424.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/ ... 0_0425.jpg
Heres the tub itself
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/ ... 0_0427.jpg
Heres the cord I had to cut and splice back together
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v627/ ... 0_0426.jpg
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Postby Darrenimo on Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:47 pm

LOL I'm a member of that forum!My LFS shopkeeper(quite an expert)is a merchant there!Thats a Singapore forum, so you could guess that I am Singaporean.LOL
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