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Post by bulldogg7 on Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:36 am

Had a small 50gph pump from a burned out UV sterilizer, decided to put it to use. Had some plastic needlepoint canvas left, that stuff comes in handy all the time Wink
To hold the canvas and allow water flow I used a tablesaw to cut a slit down the middle of some 1/2" PVC pipe, put a few zip-ties in the canvas about 1/4"down and it slides right in, the zip-ties keep it from pulling out. Cap one end and put an elbow on the other and run it to the pump. I made a small hole in the plastic trim of the sump for a zip-tie to help hold it vertical. I already had a reading lamp with a 100w/eq. CFL and a floodlight on the sump.

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short VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsnZjs9bbAE



couple of links to similar designs
http://www.fishforum.com/saltwater-aquariums/mega-powerful-nitrate-phosphate-remover-diy-18000/
http://www.tcmas.org/forums/showthread.php?t=12375



5 days later
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day 15
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after a quick wash with the garden hose
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Post by iceblue on Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:33 pm

Looks like it's working better for you now. Did you do anything different from your last pothos post or did it just need more time?
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Post by bulldogg7 on Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:52 pm

I just copied this from an old post
it's just about stopped growing algae on it after the pothos took off just have a few patches on it now and haven't cleaned it in over a month

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Post by iceblue on Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:53 pm

OK cool. So would it be your opinion that the pothos out-competes the algae in nitrate removal or that the algae needs more surface area to accomplish the same results?
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Post by bulldogg7 on Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:41 pm

The bigger the screen the better, quicker to colonize than waiting on the pothos roots to develop. I don't remember what surface-area/gallons was recommended but mine was a lot smaller. I think the pothos is less trouble, no cleaning or extra pumps or plumbing needed for in-sump.

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