DIY Canister Filter? Worth My Time?

Topic: I want to upgrade my filter on my fish aquarium. I’ve been thinking about a diy canister filter. I’ve looked at some of the popular tutorial online. Wondering what your opinions on the idea are..? Building one versus buying one..?


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Posted by Kevin F: I absolutely love diy aquarium projects but the DIY canister filter is one I didn’t want to mess around with. If you really think about all the variables.. it just isn’t worth it! I know your thinking about “saving money” but hear me out on this! You can buy a SunSun canister filter for $30 to $50 on the cheap side. When you start adding up the cost of a pump and a couple of the accessories.. the price adds up faster than you think (when making your own filter).


When you add up all the headache your going to put into building a DIY canister filter.. and come to find out the actual cost is close to buying one anyways.. you will regret wasting your time. And YES I know this from experience. Buy this SunSun canister filter for around $50 and you will be much happier! Here is the link:

1. Save Money
2. Build More Effective

1. Pump is Expensive
2. Possible Leak in Your House!
3. Effectiveness Problems
4. Large Obnoxious Item

Companies have spent countless hours perfecting these filters. If you think you can do a better job… you will most likely be wrong (no offense). For the cost to build one you could probably buy a cheap brand new one. Here is a SunSun for under $100. This is probably the most sold canister filter on the planet!

The pumps alone to build things with are expensive! And then the media too. Then there is the worry of the diy project leaking all over your house.

Every project that I do like this for my aquariums never really goes as planned. The siphon feed doesn’t work like I planned… or the pump only works when submerged into water.. or the pump doesn’t push the water fast enough to keep up with the gravity feed. There is a lot that goes into this stuff. I do love it! But just expressing some variables that I weigh out whenever I want to build a canister filter.




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