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Old 07-03-2016, 07:50 PM   #1
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Freshwater Sump Pictures

I'm upgrading from a 150 to a 225 gallon tank and am going to be swapping out my two canister filters for a sump. I'm going to be making the sump myself and have a few layouts and ideas floating around but would love to see any pictures of sumps that any of you may have on your freshwater tanks.

I'm picking up a 75 gallon tank tomorrow off Craigslist which will be used as the sump.

I'm really debating on if I want to put filter floss then just a drip tray and set up a wet/dry trickle or if I want to start off with straight mechanical filtration and have the water move through the baffles to a K1 fluidized bed. Any inputs, pictures, or suggestions are appreciated.


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Cool project.
Sorry, I don't have any pics. As for the decision for drip/trickle or fluidized, it might depend on which allows for easier handling and maintenance of the mechanical media. I like floss because it's cheap, effective, and easy to use. I suppose you could even try filter socks as well.


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Here's the plan so far. First going through mechanical filtration, 13" baffle with a 1" gap at the bottom. Through submerged biomedia since I already have a ton of ceramic rings so it's just the cheapest option. A planted isolation tank, still kind of on the fence. I was considering doing a drip tray there and doing the trickle filtration but it seems redundant. Then a gap for any chemical filtration or anything I may need to use, a bubble trap, and the return line. I'll probably run the return through my inline reactor that's on my FX5 and hook up the CO2 to be injected into the tank.
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Design looks good.
Trickle IMO would be overkill and you could lose CO2 in doing so.
Be sure to install a check valve and/or siphon break in your setup.


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