Diy Canister Filter

  1. ramsbee

    ramsbee Valued Member Member

    Alright guys I recently reviewed the diy Canister I built with a YouTube video. I had changed the plumbing and was going to make a video today on how easy it made water changes. Unfortunately we lost power and after I spent hours cleaning water and ripping up carpet (now with an extremely wife) I didn't have time.

    In the video I talked about the issues with the gamma lid and leaking that I had to fix. Well unfortunately when the power went out the caulking seal didn't hold up to well when it went from a vacuum to pressure in the bucket. The several months it has been running I disconnected the bucket when the pump was turned off and had valves closed. This time the siphon created from the pump shutting down pressurized the bucket and when I went into my son's room I had about 8 gallons of water in the carpet.

    So needless to say there will be no video on the water changes for awhile. I ended up cutting out most of the PVC to ensure no siphon and now have to use my money saved for the new project towards new carpet and padding. However, as I had said in my video I have plans for a better container and hopefully soon I can get it purchased. I will show the water change video when I can afford to get the new materials. Will keep everyone updated.
     
  2. E

    E150GT Valued Member Member

    This is why I would buy one. I get DIY is cool but I can’t have my wife mad at me for something like this. I have enough problems.
     
  3. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    That’s terrible news. It’s part of the pros and cons of DIY.
     
  4. OP
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    ramsbee

    ramsbee Valued Member Member

    Yes I agree. I did get her calmed down though because it was still the carpet from when we moved in and it was a rental house before. So it needed to really be replaced anyways. The silver lining is I can make the changes I wanted to make to the plumbing. The gamma lid I feel just isn't good for this application.

    I like to pass info on as I go with diy. It seems hard to find information on how things are doing down the road after being built. Which is useful information. That and now I know to test whatever container I decide to use for vacuum and pressure. And to make a secondary containment for any spills that may occur.
     
  5. E

    E150GT Valued Member Member

    Yes. Bad experiences make you learn real quick! I'd like to see what you come up with. Growing up my dad made all of his sponge filters out of PVC, foam sponge and a tile base that powered every single on of our aquariums.