DIY HOB Filter

  1. thequietman44

    thequietman44 Member Member

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    This may have been mentioned already, but I came across this video a couple months ago and just had to give it a try:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMmfM-5ln64

    Basically built mine exactly the same way but with fewer fittings (top doesn't need to be sealed) and made my own bulkheads for the overflows using O-rings and PVC electrical fittings. About $15 including Polyfill filter media (be careful to get untreated 100% polyester). Mine is running at a relatively slow ~130gph using a submersible pump I had lying around so it's most effective for biological filtration, though it's as good as a canister at trapping any solids that make it inside.

    Anyone else done something like this or are most DIY filters wet/dry or canister type? If you have made a DIY HOB filter, how is yours set up? What media do you use? How would you compare it to a store-bought filter?
     

  2. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

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    Thank you for sharing the information!

    Ken :)
     

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    thequietman44

    thequietman44 Member Member

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    A few pics of mine so you can see how it looks on the tank:
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    You can see how the bottom layer of filter floss and the lower polyfill is starting to accumulate some debris (slight green color).
     
  4. Archie1208

    Archie1208 Member Member

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    Very cool and interesting. Thank you for sharing


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