Looking for Pump Recommendations, and Opinions about Sump Placement
Obviously the setup, plumbing, etc, matters in this discussion, but I'm only seeking general suggestions at this point. This is my first sump attempt, so I'm new to the concept of having to source a pump and deal with plumbing. The tank will be planted freshwater, 125 gallon tank with 55 gallon sump. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll run the sump plumbing into the basement beneath the tank or leave the sump in the stand.
If I go with the tank in stand solution, the head height is only about 5 feet, and I'd likely use a submersible pump. Does anyone have suggestions for a quiet, reliable pump that could handle the rigors of a dual overflow system like this?
If I opt to place the sump in the basement, I realize I'm looking at a much more powerful pump (likely an external one). Again, what brands would you recommend if going this route?
Finally, can anyone share their experiences with sumps in the stand versus sumps on the level below the display tank? I'm specifically interested in practical reasons why one is superior to the other, in your real experience?
I really like the idea of having the easier access to plumbing, lights, accessories and the area around the sump that would be afforded by having it in the basement. My basement is unfinished, so splashed water and chemicals wouldn't bother me as much as on my hardwood upstairs. BUT, I don't know if I like all of that enough to justify the extra few hundred dollars up front for a powerful external pump, as well as the increased electricity costs of running such a pump 24-7. Thoughts?