What kind of filter sits in the side of the tank? Help

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Emily Caldwell, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Emily CaldwellValued MemberMember

    Hi all,

    I'm volunteering to help fix up a neglected tank at a local nursing home. Shouldn't be that hard, except it's a custom built tank. It's 20 gallons but really wide...made to look like a wall-mounted flat screen tv. There are hidden compartments on either side of the tank for filters and heaters. What do you call this system? I thought it might be a sump but after reading up on them I don't think that's what it is....

    They currently have some little Top Fin filter running in there, but it looks like there is all kind of media and a motor they aren't using. I'm inclined to replace what's in there with something I know will work, but I'm not sure what kind of filter is best for such a compartment. Could I use a regular canister filter?

    Sorry for the vagueness of this post...hopefully someone will know what I'm talking about.

  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes, you can probably use a Fluval 106 or something similar for a tank that small.

  3. Emily CaldwellValued MemberMember

    Have you seen tanks with these hidden side compartments?

  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I have not, can you take a picture? But the only types of filters that would work are sumps or canisters, since they sit on the bottom.
  5. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    Emily a picture or two would be a big help. Are there currently fish in the tank? And is the top fin filter running in the hidden part, or is it just stuck on the tank somewhere?
  6. LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

      Something like this?
  7. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    By the way, top fin probably makes the worst filters ever, in terms of quality.
  8. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

  9. Emily CaldwellValued MemberMember

    Yes it's similar to that but not as nice.
  10. Emily CaldwellValued MemberMember

    Oh and I know Top Fin filters are garbage, that's why I was hoping to replace it ASAP.

    The tank has 7 fish in it right now. 5 Zebra Danios, one of which is very bloated/constipated and 2 fancy guppies, one of which has almost NO tail left. It's quite a depressing sight.

    The main thing they needed help with was the disgusting algae soup that has taken over their tank...easy fix, they leave the lights on 24/7!!!!

    When I tested the water it tested 0 ppm for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which was very odd since they told me they have basically stopped doing water changes or any type of maintenance. I've been using the same test kit on my office aquarium and it's working fine so I'm not sure what happened there.
  11. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    That probably means the cycle resetted, or there is no bacteria present maybe?
  12. LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

    If is like that wall could be the filter itself. Have any pics of the actual thing ur talking about.
  13. Emily CaldwellValued MemberMember

    I think the filter is built in but they aren't using it and I don't know how to get it running. I don't have pics but I will take some when I go back on Friday.

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