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Old 06-15-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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Best Media for a small DIY freshwater sump

Hello,
I am setting up a 24 Gallon tank and plan to build a DIY sump out of a 5 gallon bucket. I am looking for inexpensive long lasting effective filter media. I was thinking about two stages, one using fiber fill for physical filtration and then the 2nd stage with bio-balls, ceramic rings, scrubbies or something similar.

What are the best choices and where is a good place to buy them?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:52 AM   #2
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The best media to use would be simple plastic pot scrubbies. Just put as many as you can in and you are done. Won't have to clean for 6 months or more.


https://www.amazon.com/Assorted-Colo...2477616&sr=8-1
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Thanks, I'm planning to run by a dollar store looking for scrubbies today and if I don't find them I'll order those. For the physical filter, I assume that fiber fill (or something similar) is the best choice?
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Well fiber fill or poly fill will clog quickly and will need to be replaced sooner. If you want more I would use 10/20 ppi foam with the pot scrubbies. Still won't need any cleaning for 6 months.
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I had no idea that I could just buy foam like that. Very cool. The best part is that I can buy a large sheet and cut it to fit my filter exactly. Thank you VERY much!
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I had no idea that I could just buy foam like that. Very cool. The best part is that I can buy a large sheet and cut it to fit my filter exactly. Thank you VERY much!
That would work just fine! I use Poret foam exclusively because it's made for aquarium use. But you can find large sheets on Amazon too. Make sure it is aquarium safe.
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