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Old 06-23-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
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DIY Sump for a 240 gallon tank

My 240 gallon well stocked cichlid tank has a short stand and the sump that I obtained with my "free" tank is poorly designed and IMO too small for the job. I've been thinking of scrapping the current setup and doing a DIY sump with the livestock rubber troughs. From what I've read the Rubbermaid plastic tubs can crack & leak with time. Here's my current set up and my planned set up. Any input would be much appreciated!
Is it ok for the bioballs to just float in the tubs or is it better to have water trickle through them?
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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I like the first drawing more as I would feel that if there was a pump failure in the second one you may end up having problems.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #4
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whats a 'sump' anyway?
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I agree with Smitty, go with the 1st one.

The second seems like it'd have too many issues, especially with something like a failure of some kind.
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With that one the bioballs are submerged, is that a problem?
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:24 PM   #7
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