Diy pond or large aquarium filter.

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Decided to make my own filter canister for my pond and eliminate the two canisters filters im using. I figured I post a thread about it in case anybody else wants to try it.

Supplies:
5 gallon bucket with lid.
1 bulk head adaptor.
2 pvc elbows
Small piece of light diffuser or some kind of grated plastic material.
1 piece of pvc about 4ft.
Pond pump
Filter media.

First take your 5 gallon bucket and cut a hole the size of the bulk head fitting towards the bottom of the bucket. Then screw your bulk head into the bucket nice and tight. IMG_20200311_101118562.jpg IMG_20200311_101104883.jpg Screenshot_20200311-110852~2.png

Then attach a pic elbow joint and run a piece of pvc from it to a couple inches from the top of the bucket. IMG_20200311_101704887.jpg IMG_20200311_101711402.jpg

Then cut a hole in the lid off your bucket big enough to fit your pvc thru. Cut a piece of pvc that runs from the bottom of the bucket about a an inch or two out the top. I also added an elbow joint on the end that's in the bottom of the bucket so the water will get better coverage thru out the media. Not sure that's necessary but figured I'd include it. IMG_20200311_102055782.jpg

You want to have a couple of inches of no substrate and just water at the bottom of the bucket. For this your going to need some grated material that water can pass thru. A light diffuser from the hardware store will work or even a plastic strainer. I used the front piece off of an old box fan because I'm a cheapskate. I cut a few inches and a half pvc pieces to support it off the bottom. You'll need to cut holes also for around your piping too. IMG_20200311_103606790.jpg IMG_20200311_103721562_HDR.jpg
Now it's time to add a few layers of your media. You can use whatever you like. I went with lava rock, then scrubbing sponges, then filter cotton, (Tip: go to Walmart and buy a $6 dollar body pillow and cut it open for the fiber instead of spending an arm and leg at the pet shop for a small bag) then some activated charcoal. IMG_20200311_104051165.jpg IMG_20200311_104329216_HDR.jpg

Now that you're filter media is in you can test the pump out. You'll probably want to run it a few minutes to make sure It's draining correctly before putting the lid on.
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That's it, super easy! The supplies for this cost me about $17 it's been running a few days and for a small pond with a couple turtles and a lot of fish, it doesn't get much better than this IMG_20200311_114915571.jpg
 

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Nice.
I made a second outlet pipe near the top of my tote/filter to let un filtered overflow water back into the pond if the media gets packed up.
That'll keep the water from overflowing the filter and dumping water over the top and out onto the ground.
It's saved me twice now.
 

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Nice.
I made a second outlet pipe near the top of my tote/filter to let un filtered overflow water back into the pond if the media gets packed up.
That'll keep the water from overflowing the filter and dumping water over the top and out onto the ground.
It's saved me twice now.
That's actually a great idea. I'll probably do that tomorrow. I thought about putting the bucket inside the pond on some bricks but it doesn't look good and takes up too much space.
 

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Since my turtles are savages and devour any plants in the pond quickly. I decided to take the lid off the bucket and grow plants in it. Maybe I can grow a enough to keep restocking the pond with as the turtles destroy them. I doubt it though. IMG_20200313_165332211.jpg
 

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Since my turtles are savages and devour any plants in the pond quickly. I decided to take the lid off the bucket and grow plants in it. Maybe I can grow a enough to keep restocking the pond with as the turtles destroy them. I doubt it though. View attachment 287963
Water lettuce.
Its illegal here. But everyone sells it!
I don't own a fish that won't eat it.
 
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