Filter Flow Diffusers

TedsTank

Member
First of all I swear that all the crust looking white areas are NOT on the tank or filters!!!! OMG....going to throw the camera away!!...but here is some easy help. I am using 12 inch clear plastic mailing tubes and cut for desired fit and looks.

1.) They are 2 inches in diameter.

2.) I leave both ends open with some course filter media inserted.

3.) Mailing tubes come with caps so you could have the current directional.

4.) For the HOT Magnum type filter only a hole is cut to fit the L shaped return. The diffuser is just slipped on the tube. (they are very light weight.)

5.) For the Aquaclear type filter A.) a slot must be cut. 3 sides...2 narrow and a long cut the width of the filter return. B.) the 4th side of the slot must be folded to slide up under the filter return. C.) a nick can be cut into each end of the tube and a large rubbr band will attach it to the filter. (my photo shows the prototype...using duct tape!!...been running 8 months now so why fix it)

6.) I did this so the water flow does not swish my plants around. The 2" diameter give a much broader gentle output and DOES NOT AFFECT the input flow of your filters....they can continue to run at max.

Again so sorry for the scrungy, scaley, unkept neglected look in the pics...the flash was too bright I guess.

Oh yea, and please use the filter media of some sort....fish the like currents might invade the tubes!!!
 

Shawnie

Member
you are amazingly tekkie! LOL ..great job with photos toooooo !
I'm not that smart and just use filter floss lol...I'm going to sticky this if you don't mind sir?
 
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TedsTank

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no problem please do...it really works....and clean the scaley looking trash that shows!!! I'm horrified at the looks!!! It's like having company and getting attacked by dustbunnies that know were vacuumed....lolol
 

Aquarist

Member
Thank you Ted! A great DIY!
Ken
 

eiginh

Member
That helps a lot!
 

Borisbbadd

I didn't have any of the mailing tubes, so I used a small soda pop bottle.

So far I've done it on one of my betta tanks, works great !!!

I left it open at both ends, but it diffuses the water really well. Now that he is'nt getting blown around, he seems to like hanging around the front of the tank a lot more.

Later on today, I will do my other two tanks.

Many thanks for this great idea.........


Randy
 
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TedsTank

Member
Great modificationt threre!!! If anyone just can't find a tube to use....I have plenty to spare....but ya can't beat a small soda type plastic bottle..recycle..!!!!! yahoo!!!

Remember to put some filter media in the openings to keep the fish out!!!!
 

Borisbbadd

I just did my 29 gal,

With the water diffused out to the sides, I was able to use tall plants to hide all the plumbing.

So cool..............

Thanks again,

Randy
 

Elodea

Member
If you don't have filter floss, can you just cut a chunk out of a filter cartridge?
 

diy guy

Member
Borisbbadd said:
I just did my 29 gal,

With the water diffused out to the sides, I was able to use tall plants to hide all the plumbing.


Very clever idea. never considered haveing a filter diffuser. but can clearly see the benefits. such as hiding the plumbing I'm always trying to hide that stuff but filter current makes it almost in possible. Think I have a new project.
 

Martin 75g

Member
Other then changing the dirction of current that's coming from your filter.... what's the benifit to this ?
 

Aquarist

Member
Hello Martin,

Defusing the filter flow works well when the filter may be too strong and the fish are being blown around the tank by the filter current.

Ken
 

Martin 75g

Member
ok that makes sence, but does litlery nothing to the filtration process, other then allow O2 in the diffuser
 

Henri

Member
Can someone help me with this? What is this thread about? I already have a filter, is this about " making " a new one or what? Again, sorry for my ignorance!
 
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Lucy

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Member
Henri said:
Can someone help me with this? What is this thread about? I already have a filter, is this about " making " a new one or what? Again, sorry for my ignorance!
HI Henry
The answer to your question is in this thread:

Aquarist48 said:
Defusing the filter flow works well when the filter may be too strong and the fish are being blown around the tank by the filter current.
It's one way to modify your existing filter for the above reason.
 

Everythingzen

Member
So essentially this is attaching a tube or bottle to the end of the outlet pipe that is stuffed with filter floss/sponge, to lessen a strong current? That's great. I'm going to have to do something like this. I turned down the taps on 2 canisters, but I'd rather another option. This might well be it!
 

PHP

Member
Everythingzen said:
So essentially this is attaching a tube or bottle to the end of the outlet pipe that is stuffed with filter floss/sponge, to lessen a strong current?
Basically, yes.
 

fishyfriends

Member
hhow coud I do thins for my filter? what did you attach this with. duct tape??
 
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Lucy

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Member
With your size filter you can use a plastic water bottle.
Cut the bottom and top off, make a slit length wise down one side.
Slip it over the outake.
It should stay in place.
If not you can use tape or a rubberband.
 

antidevil12

Member
nice tip
 

sliderdkp

Member
How would I use filter floss, to avoid the tube contraption? Would putting some floss in an fish net work, attached to the end of the flow output? And what is the best thing to attach this with, for the tank environment?
 

sliderdkp

Member
My fix was to zip tie betta grass to the tank directly over the flow output. Works well and looks good!
 

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