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Old 08-28-2005, 05:06 PM
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Default Canister filter Q?

Does anyone see any problem in using small pump tp assist the intake side of a canister filter. I feel that there is no issue if the pump is less GPH that the canister. I really want to use this filter but I know that there are real issues with suction in such shallow water. Anyone?
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I don't think a pump is going to help you at all as the challenging part is getting the water out of the tank and over the side by creating a siphon. I messed with this and built a working small canister filter, but there just wasn't enough water in the vivarium to make it work. It worked fine in the test environment with a 2 to 3" water depth.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:39 PM
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Drill the bottom of the tank and plumb the bulkhead fitting to the canister filter or run it into a sump which is then filled enough to let the canister filter intake.

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Default well drilling is out...

the canister is a HOT Magnum and yes getting water up to the filter is the problem..i think it just needs help to start the siphon and give it a boost...anyone else?
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Old 08-29-2005, 11:27 AM
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Hot Magnums are made to run when close to the level of water in the tanks. Running it suspended well above the tank is extra work that the motor and impellor are really not designed to handle.

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Which is exactly my point..hence I thought that the small pump on the intake side (down in the water mind you) could lift (assist in the lifting of) water up to the HOT magnum..anyone else have any ideas on this?
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