February 21

How to Make a Betta Filter?

A filter is something that is really important to any fish tank. However, this is even more important to a betta fish tank.

But, because the filters are so expensive, it is hard for people to purchase the right filter. Or, they don’t really know what type of filter to purchase. This can make people frustrated or they might not start their own aquarium.

Filter for Betta Fish

But, there is a cheaper, better way to get your hands on a betta filter. By making one yourself. And, the best part is that this isn’t expensive either. All that you need, is to have a couple of tools, equipment and some time. And, you will have a filter that is working the same as the more expensive ones that you purchase in the store. These are the steps on how to make your own betta filter:

A plastic tube that fits onto your pump

The first thing that you should do is to purchase a plastic tube like a PVC pipe. You can’t just purchase any pipe, you need to make sure that it fits onto your pump of the powerhead’s intake valve.

If you don’t use the right tube, the process will not work correctly. It is important that the pipe is fitted completely on the intake valve, and that you are purchasing the right pipe. These are pipes that you normally can find in hardware stores.

Buying a filter sponge

The second thing that you should do is to buy a filter sponge. You can’t just use any sponge, because it isn’t suitable for an aquarium. With the right filter sponge, you should cut it to the right length. The length of the sponge will depend on the size of the aquarium. You should not have the sponge too large or too small.

This is an important part of the filter, and this is the part that you should make correctly. Otherwise, your filter will not work correctly. You will be able to find the right filter sponge at a fish store, or pet store.

Marking the tube and making holes

You place the sponge next to the tube and make sure that you are marking the tube, where the sponge go. The marking of the sponge should be at the top of the sponge when you are putting the tube next to the sponge.

With this done, you should make holes underneath that mark. This is going to be the part that is going through the sponge later on, and you need to make sure that you have enough holes in the PVC pipe. If you aren’t doing this step, your filter will not work, and you might even burn out your powerhead.

The bottom of the tube

The bottom part of the tube should be plugged. The water should go through the holes you were making, and not through the bottom of the tube. Many people are forgetting about this step, and if their filter doesn’t work correctly, they will not really understand why their filter isn’t working.

Just remember that the plug should be aquarium safe. Fish can die if you are using the wrong items in the fish tank.

Making a hole in the sponge

In the middle of the sponge, you are making a whole. The hole should be big enough for the PVC pipe to go through. You can make the whole with your finger, or any other tool that you might have.

You can force the pipe through the sponge, but there is no guarantee that this will work with your sponge. It is better to make the whole and to ensure that all the pieces are removed from the tank.

Connect the rubber airline tube

The only thing that is left to do, is to connect the rubber airline tube to the powerhead. This is the part that is flushing the water out of the filter again. The rubber airline tube can be any size, but it should still fit completely on the powerhead to get the most out of your filter.

Now, the only thing that you should do, is to switch on the powerhead to see if the filter is working correctly. You should also make sure that you are cleaning the filter on a regular basis. Otherwise, the sponge will not absorb the filth of the water and tank anymore.

Yes, you can make this betta filter to ensure that your water is cleaned. Filters are expensive but necessary. And, if you can’t afford one, this method will ensure that you can make your own one. A filter that is really going to work and that will make sure that you are going to save lots of money. The only thing that you should consider, is that the filter needs to be made correctly in order for it to work just like a bought betta filter.

August 16

Why You Should Use the Reverse Osmosis System for Aquarium

Reverse Osmosis system for aquarium

When you have an aquarium, you might want to know why you should invest in the reverse osmosis system. There are so many different systems that you can buy and install in your aquarium so that you can have healthy fish, that it can be hard to know which one is the best to buy.

These are some of the most important reasons why you should consider the reverse osmosis system for your aquarium:

Reverse Osmosis system for aquarium

Getting softer water

The first reason and the most essential reason for using the reverse osmosis system for an aquarium are the facts that you are going to give fresh, clean water. However, you are also going to ensure that you add soft water to your aquarium.

There are some really negative things that can happen when you are going to add hard water to your aquarium instead of soft water. Many people think that you don’t need to add a specific type of water to your tank, but at the end of the day, the fish in the tank will be much healthier.

Get rid of toxins and chemicals out of the water

Tap water might be drinkable for you, but this doesn’t mean that it is going to be safe for your fish. There are many toxins and chemicals in the water that can be dangerous for your fish, and even for you.

This is where the reverse osmosis system comes in. This system is ensuring that you are going to get the cleanest water that doesn’t have any toxins and chemicals that can harm the fish in any way. Something that you can’t be sure of when you are using normal tap water.

It is easy to install

There are some of these water purifying systems that you can purchase for your aquariums, but not all of them are really easy to install and to use. So many of them are hard to install and you might even need to hire someone to get it installed in your fish tank.

However, this isn’t going to be the case with the reverse osmosis system. The system is easy to install and you will not struggle for a long period before you are getting the system working on your aquarium.

It is great for all fish and plants

The reverse osmosis system is great for all fish and plants. It doesn’t really matter what type of fish or water plants you have in the aquarium, using this system is going to be great and healthy for all of them.

When you are purchasing and installing the reverse osmosis system into your aquarium, you are going to make sure that you have the healthiest fish and plants. This is only one of the benefits that you can have with using this system with your aquarium. There are many other benefits of this system for your fish and for you with the maintenance of the aquarium. With this system, you will not worry again about the water quality that, you are going to pour into the tank.

January 13

How often to clean canister filters?

Even if you purchased the best canister filter, you should still know that you should clean it regularly. There are many things that you should know about cleaning your canister filter, and when you actually should clean it. Many people have questions about cleaning the canister filter, and here is some information to answer these questions.

When you should clean your canister filter

Clean canister filter

Many people are wondering how frequently they should clean the canister filter. The answer is quite simple for most people: You should clean your filter when you can visibly see that the filter is filthy and needs cleaning.

However, you should know that you should only clean the filter after you have cleaned the fish tank. It is recommended that you do not clean the filter the same day as the fish tank. You should wait for a couple of days, or even better, a week before you start cleaning the filter.

Things you should remember when cleaning the filter

You should remember a couple of things when you are cleaning your canister filter. Especially, if this is the first time that you have this type of filter.

You should be making sure about the cleaning method that you should use for cleaning your type of canister filter. Different filters require different cleaning methods. This means that you should read the package of the filter and the instructions really carefully. This is the only way to ensure that you are cleaning the filter correctly.

The mechanical canister filter

If you have the mechanical canister filter, you will see that there is a sponge or pad inside. This is the thing that you should be cleaning from the canister. You should use the fish tank water to clean the sponge or pad. Do not use tap water, this isn’t going to be healthy for your fish.

Canister Filter

This type of filter does not need, as much cleaning as what you might think, so do not clean this filter every week.  You should also look for when the sponge and the pad might need replacement.

Chemical cleaners

Most people prefer the chemical cleaners, because it cleans a lot easier than the mechanical filers. You only should replace the carbon on a regular basis. It is recommended that you should clean the carbon weekly or when the water is getting cloudy. It depends on which one of these is happening first.

There is not any other cleaning involved with the chemical canister cleaner. It is essential to remember to clean the carbon regularly; otherwise, you might end up with sick and dying fish.

There are many things that you might want to know about cleaning the best canister filters. There are not many things that you should know, because canister filters are easy to clean. You should clean the filters when you can see that the filters are filthy. You should also remember to use fish tank water to clean out your canister filters so that you can protect your fish and to keep them healthy. With this guidance, you will have a fish tank that is clean and that are prolonging the life of the fish.

May 2

How to Avoid Rotating Emergency Water

I have done a ton of research over the past few months about water storage.

(Did you know that, in case of an emergency, you should have a two week supply of water for each member of your family?  One gallon per person per day is the general recommendation.)

Okay, so here’s the problem with storing water.  There are all these RULES about it.  Like, you have to use food-grade containers.  That’s a no brainer.  Things that are number one plastic should be avoided because they’re meant for one-time use and then they leach things into your water that you don’t want to be drinking (though it’d be fine for cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.).  You should purify your water with a few drops of bleach when you first store it to kill any possible bacteria in it and prevent them from growing.  And you shouldn’t store your water right on the cement of your garage or basement, because chemicals are absorbed through the plastic into the water.  Rules rules rules.  So many to keep track of.  And the one that I hate the most?  Rotate your water every 6-12 months.  SERIOUSLY?  We have like 75 gallons in our garage.  That is a lot of work.  The last time I did it, it took me two days of dumping water, refilling, relabeling the date, etc.  A lot of work.  A lot of water.  I did not enjoy it.

So then I heard that there are filters you can buy, and then you don’t have to rotate nearly as often (like every 10 years if at all).  Automatically my ears perked up.  And so I researched and researched like crazy.  There are SO many options.  I read tons of good things about Berkley systems, but those are like $230 if you get a good deal!  This is just for an emergency that might never happen.  Obviously, I want something, but I don’t want to break the bank getting something.  And so many of them had filters that only filtered a certain amount of water (like 20 gallons) before needing to be replaced, or some of them expired just with time due to shelf life.  I was really trying to find the best bang for my buck.

And I’m here to report what I ended up getting and all of the reasons WHY in case you’re sick of doing lots of research too, or in case you never even thought of this before but are so happy because now you don’t even have to do ANY research!

I got the Sawyer Point One Emergency Water Filtration Kit.

This is why:

  • It NEVER needs a new filter.  They guarantee a million gallons.  That’s a lot of stinkin’ water.  You do have to rinse the filter with clean, filtered water when using really dirty water, but that’s better than buying replacement filters.
  • It filters fast, up to 500 gallons per day.  Some filters only did like one gallon an hour.  I don’t want to have to be waiting around for water to be ready.
  • It’s super small and easy to store, and it’s lightweight too (the filter weighs 3oz).  The whole box with everything in it is like 6″ x 3″ x 3″.  That I can do.
  • It only cost $58 and never expires.
  • It has awesome reviews from every reviewer I could find online.  Five stars across the board.
  • The kit contains a variety of adapters:
    • There’s a pouch that you can fill with contaminated water, and it has a pop-up cap that you can drink straight from.
    • It can screw right into a water bottle or soda bottle and you can drink right from the pop-up cap.
    • It can connect to a faucet with an included adapter so you could use it during international travel or during times where you’re told to boil your city water.
 (I can’t find a picture of this.  Boo.)
    • There’s a bucket adapter kit so you could fill one bucket with dirty water and have it filter through to a clean water bucket beneath.
  • They use this kit in tons of third world countries where people are constantly dying (every 20 seconds!) due to the lack of access to clean drinking water.  People can literally fill buckets from the river, filter it through, and drink it.  You can find more information about the company and this outreach program HERE.
  • It filters and purifies water, removing sediment, bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and other contaminants.  Some only filter and some only purify.  This does both.

They also make a Sawyer Point Zero Two Filter that does the same thing, but it filters out viruses as well.  That one runs about $129 on Amazon.  I decided against it because I’m hoping to avoid using river water in case of an emergency.  Hopefully, the water that I have stored will be sufficient.

Have I actually used it yet?  No.  But I trust user reviews, I like the features, and I loved that it didn’t empty my bank account.  If you’re stressing yourself out doing research over a water filter, I hope you can benefit from the hours that I put into it!