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Old 08-19-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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DIY Sump Tank

Hey guys, I'm looking for a quick route to a diy sump, I have a 75gal African Cichlid tank, has about 20 fish in it.. All bout an 1 1/2 inch now.. & I know my biowheel 330 won't be able to handle the bio load when they get older. I would love to make my own sump as it seems the easiest cheapest route.. if anyone has any help or advice I'd greatly appreciate it! thanks.
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Is your tank drilled or will you be using a HOB overflow?

It is pretty easy to put a sump together with a glass aquarium and some plexiglass panels and silicon from home depot or lowes. It took me an evening to put mine together for my reef tank.

Are you thinking about doing a wet/dry setup, or just adding some biomedia and some mechanical filtration on the inflow (i.e. a filter sock?). Are you thinking about doing some kind of FW refugium?

I think it is a good idea for a cichlid tank - though you might also just consider adding a canister filter - it would give you similar results.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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Is your tank drilled or will you be using a HOB overflow?

It is pretty easy to put a sump together with a glass aquarium and some plexiglass panels and silicon from home depot or lowes. It took me an evening to put mine together for my reef tank.

Are you thinking about doing a wet/dry setup, or just adding some biomedia and some mechanical filtration on the inflow (i.e. a filter sock?). Are you thinking about doing some kind of FW refugium?

I think it is a good idea for a cichlid tank - though you might also just consider adding a canister filter - it would give you similar results.
My tank is not drilled, & I don't wanna drill it.. I'd probably screw it up.. I was thinkin just doing a syphon box.. Into the sump.. I have a 20g long tank.. Idk what wet/dry means.. I was thinkin of doing a refugium, with some fast growing live plants to help with Nitrates.. Well Canisters are pretty expensive, & I've heard that a sump is like a big canister.. If you do it right.. & I've got a tank & silicone(from where I had to reseal the 75 gal) so im halfway there.. Just need like PVC pipe & plexiglass..
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ive gt a link to a video on youtube . which i used to build my sump .. its a very good video . HOW TO: DIY fluidized bed aquarium filter - YouTube hope this helps
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ive gt a link to a video on youtube . which i used to build my sump .. its a very good video . HOW TO: DIY fluidized bed aquarium filter - YouTube hope this helps
Thanks! I've got a drawing.. What do you think?
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yeah that looks like a good plan. keep me upto date with the project on how it goes .. ill be following you
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yeah that looks like a good plan. keep me upto date with the project on how it goes .. ill be following you
Okay, it will be a while before i start, I still wanna do some more research & I need a little more money.. So that & i gotta get the correct measurements of the inside the 20 long. What size PVC Pipe do you recommend?
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erm. i use 3/4 inch pvc pipe should be fine ..
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did you find the video useful ??
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erm. i use 3/4 inch pvc pipe should be fine ..
Thanks.. I'm still looking into it.. & it kind of did.. Mine is going to be looking pretty different compared to that video..
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