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Old 10/15/2018, 10:14 AM   #26
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Yes, that's true.

As for the placement of the filter pad, my plan is to put it lower than the "overflow" (where water is entering the box itself). Mine is more like a miniature sump with baffles. As long as there is a baffle forcing water to go down through the media (i.e., the opening has to be below the media) you'll be good. Now I'm looking forward to buying some more acrylic so I can get to work on this! :0)
I think we are on the same page. I made the area that holds the pad 1/2" lower than the box the the drain goes into. The area that holds the pad is a box that is 2" deep. I made mine a separate unit from the sump compartment (refugium section) that it sits in. Makes it easy to remove to clean if necessary. I am also designing it to hold a filter sock not that I expect to use one. Anyway the first run at using this was good.


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Old 10/20/2018, 01:24 AM   #27
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I know it's not DIY but this is where I get my bags, much cheaper than the aquarium specific ones, internal plastic ring, and don't cause your skimmer to go nuts.

Bought 50 of them.

http://filterbag.com/PE100G1S-PP-Pla...ing-p1879.html


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Old 10/23/2018, 06:28 PM   #28
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Here's an alternative to socks, a filter pad tray. The pads can be individually cut from a giant bulk roll of filter media.

This is my flow-over filter pad tray.

Now I have a new project. I already have the compartment housing 3 filter socks that are a pain to change. I
also have the egg crate and quilt stiffing. Thanks for sharing


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Old 10/24/2018, 10:33 AM   #29
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What about a 4" media cup from PVC with filter floss?


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Old 10/24/2018, 01:15 PM   #30
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Here's an alternative to socks, a filter pad tray. The pads can be individually cut from a giant bulk roll of filter media.

This is my flow-over filter pad tray.

My setup is similar to this, not a sock but a pad. I still clean my pads, but it's really not that big a deal. I use two 1 gallon round containers. First I rinse the pads quickly to get the big stuff. Then toss into container #1 with a cap full of bleach. I just let it sit and shake it now and then. The site for a week or more just cleaning. Then I empty container #1, quickly rinse the pads that are nice and clean now, then into container #2 with clean tap water for a full rinse for days. Then I empty onto a rack with my other items and they just dry.

Sorry no pics right now of my operation

I don't think I spend more than 15 minutes on a batch collectively. I do have about 20 pads so I only have to do this periodically.


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Old 10/24/2018, 05:37 PM   #31
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Purely out of curiosity and me thinking out loud.....


Why could one not put a piece of say eggcrate in the overflow, and put a piece of filter material on top of it?


Of course this would only work in a tower style overflow.


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Old 10/24/2018, 08:09 PM   #32
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You could do that.

But it might throw off the drain rate. Many tanks have tuned BA or herbie drain. As the pad builds up, that will affect the drain rate and could lead to a flood, and throw off the return/drain tune.

Your much better off draining to the sump, then filter there. My set-up is fail safe. Even though it is unlikely, if the pad builds up too much, worse thing it will overflow into the next chamber.


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Old 10/25/2018, 07:59 AM   #33
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You could do that.

But it might throw off the drain rate. Many tanks have tuned BA or herbie drain. As the pad builds up, that will affect the drain rate and could lead to a flood, and throw off the return/drain tune.

Your much better off draining to the sump, then filter there. My set-up is fail safe. Even though it is unlikely, if the pad builds up too much, worse thing it will overflow into the next chamber.
Yes, agree. You definitely want the pads in the sump in case of any overflow.


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Old 10/25/2018, 01:27 PM   #34
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Like I said, just thinking out loud. Never thought about the tuning and throwing that off.


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Old 10/25/2018, 01:39 PM   #35
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Get a filter media cup fill it with filter floss you can also use poly filler

https://amzn.to/2CCPs4V

Another option is to buy a klir filter its a bit pricey $250 but i think overall its a huge time saver depends on what you value your time at

https://amzn.to/2CF6246


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