Originally Posted by TheCommunityCichlid
For a sump without drilling you need an hob
overflow I believe
Yeah looking at the PVC
pipe design. I think i could run the L/Hr I need with one made from 1.5 inch PVC
The more I think about it the more I am into the idea of building a sump of some kind.
I did stop in at the big fish store today and they said I can special order a tank pre drilled from the factory. It will cost me about an extra 30-40 bucks for the drilling on top of the price of a new tank as opposed to a used one. Still hoping to get a used tank, maybe I'll get lucky and find one drilled.
Originally Posted by Hobgob
YouTube has your solution for a sump with no drilling. And I'm sure your to corner filters will work fine. Can you get ahold of sponge filters? IMO
they are amazing when powered by a powerhead.
Sponge filters are totally common here, the standard thing for little tanks, I had a little 30 gallon running with 2 of them for almost a year. They work pretty good but they are ugly and hard to hide. I really want to have to look hard to see any equipment in this tank.
Ok going back for a second to my crazy fluidized sand bed idea. Necessary or not, do you think it would work to build one in a corner box like that? If I wanted to try one, would I be better off building a separate unit from PVC
and maybe hang it off the back?
The tank is going to be oriented in an unusual way in my apartment, with the short end up against the wall and sticking out to sort of use it as a room divider. The plan is to have an industrial sort of shelf unit behind the tank, so I could put a homebuilt unit there and it would be easy to access.
That actually brings me to my latest crazy idea. I know most people put a sump below the tank, but has anyone put one on a shelf behind and level with the tank? This would allow for siphon flow in and out with no worries about a runaway siphon. If the power failed, all the water flow would stop when everything got level.