It look 4-5 months to gather all the funds to purchase everything I needed, but its worth the wait. After drilling my tank 2-3 weeks ago, I hooked up my glass-hole overflow. Today, I finished the plumbing.
I bought the 1500 overflow kit and the 3/4" return kit.
The eggcrate basket carries enough Seachem Pond Matrix to fill up a 5g bucket. After testing for a month and a half, I don't think it can culture anaerobic bacteria (removal of nitrAte). This is my biological filtration.
I have 2 large filter socks (100 microns each) to catch most things coming from the main tank. These filter socks are 7"x16", so it will take long to clog up. Nevertheless, I have a 3rd filter sock as a spare back-up. This is my mechanical filtration. The ultra-flex PVC
pipe makes plumbing very easy. I only needed 2 elbows for my whole system.
My return pump will go in the right side of the sump. The return line has no elbows at all because the 3/4" ultra-flex PVC
pipe is extremely flexible. I bought a Danner Mag-Drive Supreme 18. I'm expecting ~1100gph overall flow. Ample of room left to add more equipment if needed.
Sorry for the glare!
I'm waiting for the my PVC
cement to finish curing. I will do a leak test tomorrow. If all goes well, then my Fahaka puffer can go back into his home.
Next project is adding an Algae Turf Scrubber (ATS). I will need more funds, so maybe 2-3 months before I'm done.