Here's an idea using a couple different size
Maxi-Jet powerheads and drinking water bottles
to make effective mechanical aquarium and
Heavy duty sheers/scissors or a 40 watt or
hotter soldering iron
Maxi-Jet 400 or 600 power head
20 oz. Dasani drinking water bottle
(works best with Maxi-Jet 400)
33 oz. Dasani drinking water bottle
(works best with Maxi-Jet 600)
Standard aquarium filter floss
Activated filter carbon (optional)
Note: After this project article was written,
sometime around 2013, Maxi-Jet redesigned
the intake on their powerheads so they're
slightly larger. You may find a different brand of
water bottle a better fit. If you'd like help with this
project or have found a powerhead / waterbottle
combination that works well for you, please
consider sharing your efforts/success in the
Using cutting tools of your choice, remove a 2/3
section of the bottom of the bottle.
This will be the water intake and also where you
insert the filter floss and activated carbon.
Thru the cut opening, insert an amount of filter
floss that fills about 1/3 of the bottle, then about
2 inches deep of activated carbon. (The amount
of carbon is really up to you)
Insert another 1/3 of filter fiber. The idea is to
slightly pack the fiber and carbon to keep the
media secure and minimize any possiblilty of
debris bypassing the filter media.
(zero bypass = good)
By some stroke of luck, the powerhead intake
on the Maxi-Jets are a perfect fit for the 20 oz.
and 33 oz. Dasani brand drinking water bottles.
There are likely other bottle brands that may fit
Apply reasonable pressure to insert the
powerhead intake into the neck of the bottle.
You shouldn't have to push very hard for the
powerhead intake tube to fully insert in the
bottle. If you're using another brand of bottle and
it doesn't insert easily, try a different brand.
If used in the presence of very small fish or fry,
cut the hole a little higher in the side of the bottle
and secure a plastic screen across the hole with
a few rubberbands. I found plastic gutter
screening is inexpensive and works great to
keep the little ones out of the filter. (look for the
plastic roll with smaller mesh at your local
hardware store or Home Depot.)
Water Bottle Power filter
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