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    On top / trickle type filtration

    Does anyone have any experience with these 'box on top' trickle/drip type filters? Recommendations? I've seen a few boxes that are in the $30 range; I already have a powerhead and would like to switch out the internal filters I have.

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    This is the type of filtration that Eclipse and later Jebao used on their tanks. It works okay, but splashes a bit. You'll have to clean your lights a bit more than usual. I think these are a great way to add surface aggitation. I always liked that these are easy to source raw foam and just cut to size. If this is what you want, go for it. Maybe youll start a new trend.

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    This method of filtration isn't new. I heard Asia was using this type over 20 years ago.

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    Correct. I had used this type of filter in the 90's. Marineland had brought it over from Asia. It's very unpopular in the US planted market. If Burt sets up a planted tank with it. This just might be the first on Scape on more than 10 years. I can't remember anyone in recent years setting up an ecplise or jebao and not immediately swapping the hood for a hob/canister and t5/led.

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    I'm looking at it mainly out of need. I have about 3-4" behind my tank and the wall and wanted to put a shadow box. Right now I am using some old filters I had which sit inside the tank - a penn plax cascade and a powerhead I attached a foam filter 'column'. Ugly as sin. I can't hang stuff on the back, can't put anything underneath (on a wooden file drawer which is in use - I reinforced the top for the tank). So the existing filters -aside from being a pain, take up space and block about 1/5 of the back view. I thought this might be a viable option. I was familiar with the 'under' trickle filters of course as they've been around for a while, but don't remember seeing the on-top models.

    I guess the concept is simple enough that I could make one, and put it on-top of the shadow box area, just running the hose into the tank which would keep my canopy free for my lights.

    Maybe something like this

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    Possible solution. hob or in/out canister on the side? Like put a hob on the rear right and a power head on the front left so you get flow back to the hob.I dig the idea of a top filter over your lights, but what happens if the unit leaks or overflows? Now you just shorted out your shadow box.

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    Well the hob unit would be against the back so couldn't put the shadow box there -and you would see the unit. Hmmm... unless I build some physical structure on the inside to block the viewer from seeing the filter - that is a possibility. Thanks for the idea. That actually might be cheaper and easier.

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    You don't have you put a hob on the back. it can be placed on the side or the front, it just needs a rim to hang onto. That's what I'm saying. I don't think you've considered hanging a hob on the side and not the back.

    I have a tank with about a finger of room before it hits the wall, I mounted my HOB on the left side of the tank. So the filter blows left to right instead of back to front.

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    I got you but won't work for my setup. Left side faces living room and hob would hang over my wife's decorative stuff on a table, right side would put the hob behind my head when I sit at the computer desk - with the moisture I might grow a good head of moss and start looking like the not-so-jolly green giant.

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    Hmm. Well... uh... I got nothin...

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    Yep. That's the leaky boat I'm in. That's why I was thinking about the on-top model but on the back corner as you said might still work. I'll find a narrow profile hob, hide the intake and return flow behind a decorative element - maybe like an epoxy 'rock' stack and the rest of the back would still show the shadow box..

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