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DIY Aquarium Filter - Cleaning and Setup Filter Media

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Published on 17 Jun 2020 / In Pets & Animals

Learn how to build DIY aquarium filter at a low cost and make it extremely efficient by completing aquarium filter setup the proper way.
Aquarium filter in this DIY project cost me under $50 along with both mechanical and biological filter media and is currently house to tons and tons of beneficial bacteria.
Video covers 6 months life time of this overhead sump filter, from built to fortnightly maintenance, cleaning and a complete top filter aquarium setup after 24 weeks. Let's drill bit more into it Filter box is a channel drain with grate bought from Bunnings, Australia with couple of end caps. Two 40 mm male and female adapters are used as part of plumbing along with a PVC pipe. Selleys glass silicone is aquarium safe and it is used to join and seal end caps, adapters and tray to hold filter pads, which is crucial in top filter aquarium setup.
Material:
1. Channel drain (grate optional)
2. End caps and attachment
3. Aquarium Safe Silicone
4. PVC pipe and 90 degree elbow
5. Male and Female adapters with a gasket.
It must be noted that after building an aquarium filter, maintenance is highly important. I change mechanical filter media every 2 weeks along with the water changes.
However, bio media in this DIY aquarium filter is not touched as disturbing bacteria house is not a good way to go. However, there is a time when it needs to be done as you can see in this video, there is a lot of dirt and fish waste etc., in the overhead sump filter which can easily clogged up the tiny holes inside the ceramic media making it less efficient filtration.
I rinsed the bio media in aquarium water, rinsed the aquarium filter box in tap water and setup filter media back in the aquarium filter as fast as i could. During the process, some beneficial bacteria is lost but it worth the cleaning as clogged up bio media will reduce the filtration efficiency.
I hope you have enjoyed this video spanning 6 months life time of my home built aquarium filter, if there is anything i missed or you are not sure then please post in the comment section and i will do my best to get back to you as quick as i can.
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