1 3 oz. plastic spice bottle
1 Aquarium Systems Micro-Jet MC320 power head
Some filter floss & carbon
1 bottle of Goo Gone to remove label adhesive
1 15/32 drill bit
3 oz. Spice Bottle Power
Filter for desktop aquariums
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This three oz. Lawrys garlic salt bottle serves
our DIY purpose well with it's straight sides and
With the paper label removed using some Goo
Gone adhesive remover, we're ready to make
one of the worlds smallest power filters.
Using a15/32 drill bit, drill a hole in the top of the
spice bottle about 1/4 off center.
The goal, whether the Lawreys bottle or another
spice bottle is used, is to position the hole so
once the bottle is attached, the new hole is not
obstructed by the bottle. (You shouldn't see the
lip of the bottle thru the hole)
The step drill bit used in this project does a
great job of making clean cuts in plastic and
While the initial outlay of around $17.00 for this
bit took some time to justify, it's money well
Insert the black adapter from the MC320 power
head into the 15/32 hole in the green top. It
should fit securely.
One side of the black adapter will fit perfectly in
the hole we just cut. The other side is a different
diameter and will attach to the powerhead.
To position the water return holes to return
filtered water from the front of the spice bottle
filter, first, look thru the clear bottom of the bottle
and position the black adapter at the 12:00
Then, using a T-pin or other similar tool, make 5
or 6 pilot holes between the 3:00, and 6:00
These pilot holes will make it easier to control
the drill bit in the next step.
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