Originally Posted by revchristinejday
Well this enormous 240 gallon acrylic tank (used) drilled for a sump is available for my forever home for my goldies. But I don't have a clue about how to do it. I know I can use another tank for the sump and I have a 29 gallon I can use...but then? What type of pump? Do I just look for one that that has the gallons per hour I need(2000/hr ) Do I need a UV
? Do I also use cannister filters? Or is a chamber of the sump filled with bio & mechanical materials..Thanks for your help in advance!
Maybe I can help get you started. I only have a 65 Gallon, so you can assume you'll need 4X larger components to scale to your tank size.
I have a 15 Gallon sump (although its a little bit of overkill for me), but you'll probably need about a 40 - 50 Gallon Sump. You'll also need a submersible pump, probably a very large one. I have the "3000" model by a company called LifeGard Aquatics. You would likely need their "14000", which does 3307 Max Gallons per hour. Especially since goldfish require good filtration.
Regarding the filter, you don't technically need a canister filter, but it depends if you are able to add the mechanical/bio media to your wet/dry sump. I have a commercial wet/dry, so on one side it has compartments on the right side for a filter pad and bio balls. Then it flows to the left side where it gets pumped back into the display tank.
I don't think you'd need to do anything with UV
, but I'll let someone else maybe clarify that. I've personally never seen a UV
on a freshwater tank.
I'm by now means an expert, but I think the tank equipment setup is something I got right, so I'd be happy to share any information I learned allong the way.