Attached a new sump layout
I gave up on the idea of moving the pump to 1 end. The left and right nuts are covered by wood. I would have to unscrew the boards to get to the nuts.
too big of a hassle. The previous owner built custom stand
I wanted a fuge so that I may grow anarcharis, java fern and some breed some rosy red minnows for my turtles to save a bit of money. I spend about 6$ per week on anarcharis at the pet store, they seem to love these more than romaine lettuce. The previous owner had light fixture installed under the stand so I figured it was perfect to grow some plants.
Could never have too much filtration though. I would not sacrifice water quality for a fuge. Especially since turtles poop so much I guess I will abandon the fuge and put more media.
I was able to remove the sponge and pvc
tube sticking out the left side of the pump which gave me 7 more inches of room to widen compartments on the left side. Since the sponge to the pumps intake has been removed would you recommend covering the pump with a filter sock? I dont want it to get clogged. Or should the water be debris free by the time it reaches the pump?
Here are a few questions
Would it be better to have to have 3 small compartments created by baffles or 2 wide ones?
I am currently planning to have two wide ones on each side about 3-4" One for sponges the other media. I figured it would be easier to reach/change out and clean sponges/media with wider compartments.
What if I narrow it down to three 2" wide compartments? Would this be better as the water would be forced to move up and down an extra path for more filtration?
My next concern is distance between the bottom of the tank and baffle?
How would water flow be affected between 1" , 1.5" and 2" Gap?
Does it matter?
Lastly, would it be a good idea to add k1 micro media in the final return compartment along with some airstones to create a moving bed filter?
Here's my story of how I got the turtles and into the hobby.
I rescued the turtle from my older sister who neglected their health. She got red eared sliders when she was away in college. I discovered the turtle when I drove 500 miles to help her move out of her apartment. There were originally two turtles (one died) which lived in a 10 gallon tank for about 4 years. There was no basking platform or light, glass and the turtle shell was caked with white stuff. All she ever did was top of 2 inches of water which was really brown. Yes, I know unbelievable. When I got home I rinsed the tank and gravel about 20 times before the water began to clear up. She never cleaned the the tank ever. The poor turtle was only about 3-4" because there was no room to grow and basking light. My dad had a old 55G stored away in the garage for nearly 25 years. He left the hobby when he married my mom. I cleaned up the 55g got a pretty good canister filter and provided the turtle with a new home. This was about 2 years ago. Today the turtle has grown to 9 inches, she got too big for the 55g which is why i picked up the 120g off craiglists. I also recieved a 5 inch male RES from my cousin. 55G was converted african cichlid tank. The 120g will have to do until I can afford a house so I could dig a pond. I could then convert the 120g to saltwater when I have a pond
Gf and I are saving up.
I live in San Francisco, unfortunately houses here are pretty expensive close to $1 million. I graduate next semester hopefully I can start making more $.