Mward and I built a new filter for my tank very similar to Mytoyz. We originally used Mytoyz idea but realized all the water just went straight to the outflow and didn't really flow across the entire surface area of the filter material. We added a second storage container so the water would then have to drain through the pea gravel and filter media down into the second storage container and then out the drain.
The original similar to Mytoyz...
Adding second container to top...
Added a couple sheets of plastic gutter guard to the bottom to hold the pea gravel in the tote.
Forgot to get a pic, but we used 2" PVC to create a stand for the second tote to sit inside the original one So far our monsters are happy..21 in it for now..will add more soon..
Still need to add more pea gravel and an overflow also. Have just enough room to add a bulkhead for the overflow between the two totes I think. Need mwards 2" hole saw bit.
Looks good! The most coverage you can get on the rocks the better! Them some big holes in the top box, but that also depends on how much water you are pumping! If its not spreading the water you may have to try smaller holes! You can also try the filter sheet in the top box, that way you can just pull it out and spray out(maybe two layers)! I think either way I would add that to the top box!
I was looking at it wrong!! I was thinking the rocks was in the bottom! And just using the top box to spread the water! If you had it this way all you would have to do is put the Polly sheet or sheet type filter in the top box and spray it out every other day or so! You shouldn't have to touch the rocks but once every 6 months! As they work as an aid to build algae! They shouldn't be used as the main filter source! I don't know what type or even if you actually have a filter on that setup but I know your boat tank has a filter! Need that same concept! The way you have it, it is going to overflow in a week or maybe two and you are going to have to take all the rocks out and clean them and reset it all! Maybe not with the size of holes in the box, but that case means its not filtering like it should! You should have to look after it at least every other day!! And change 1/3 of the water once a week!
Well the problem is it usually gets used before I could ever know how long they'd survive in it, but I have kept gizzards for two months before..alewives even longer. I don't use mine in summer much but yes you'd have to cool it some way. No telling how much money I've thrown away screwing with it. As it is now, maybe $250-300.
My advice is to run as far away from it as you can! It'll drive you nuts, but it's fun too. A guy I know has the dam near perfect set up for home bait keeping, but I'm just too poor and not enough room. Hoping the new filter helps me out with it.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2014 23:13:30 GMT -5 by BentRod
We're 11 days in and everything is going great so far...the water went from slightly stained to clear as gin. When I didn't have a filter, it was tough to see bottom of the tank, now it's clear as glass. Water heated up to 55 with my bulbs through the snowstorm, so we're in good shape there. There's been literally no crap on bottom of tank. The 1200gph pump sucks all the crap up I believe and through the filter, which is awesome bc the tank is square so I was worried about the pickup getting it all.
We've got about 40 in it at the moment with hopefully a maximum capacity of around 80-100