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02-19-2013, 09:55 PM #11
Depending on the size of your drip plate an alternative is a picture frame box.25 Gal - Tropical
Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
Fish - 8 Blackskirt Tetras, Red Wag Platy, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
"Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project
02-19-2013, 10:28 PM #12
Very impressive planning. I look forward to seeing this come to fruition.
02-20-2013, 04:05 PM #13
I have placed my orders at Big Al's and Dr's Foster & Smith for the following items:
- Danner Supreme Mag Drive 1800 pump
- 3 gallons of bio balls
- Aqueon Pro 250w heater
- Digital thermometer
- AquaticLife 108w T-5 freshwater fixture
And a few misc items...
Project total so far: $753
I don't anticipate much more in build cost other that some lumber for the stand. I have the plywood, electrical, substrates. Though I am sure I will be running this for a little while empty just to dial in the flow rates and sump etc.
02-20-2013, 05:05 PM #14
02-20-2013, 06:17 PM #15
02-22-2013, 10:38 PM #16
Ok one small glitch in the sump design has shown up... I received the pump, heater, bio balls, and the thermometer today. The glass is ready to pick up. The heater I got is too long to use if I install the bubble trap. So now the question, is the bubble trap necessary for this application?
Last edited by mrramsey; 02-22-2013 at 10:40 PM.
02-22-2013, 10:47 PM #17
Without the bubble trap, you risk having bubbles suched up by the return pump and pumped into your display tank.
However, two baffles with a very course sponge inbetween then can work as well. Might be worth a try, but it has to be a very course sponge so it will not slow down the flow.
I would suggest trying the sponge first. You can always add a third baffle latter if that doesn't happen. You will have keep a close eye on that sponge and clean it often to make sure it won't restirct the flow.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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02-23-2013, 12:49 AM #18
I think I can make it work if I change the secondary filter bay from 3" to 1.5" I also can pick up a half inch or so at the bubble trap as I have them spaced a bit on the wide side. If I space them about 3/4" apart that should still be adequate flow. I also trimmed down the Bio Chamber by 1/2" (still gives me just shy of 3 gallons of bio balls)
- intake chamber 1.5"
- bio chamber 7"
- secondary filter/additive chamber 1.5"
- equip chamber 10.5"
- bubble trap 3/4" each
- pump chamber 6"
Along with this I did raise the operating water level by 1/2".
02-24-2013, 01:34 PM #19
I have received / picked up most of the materials I need to get the project rolling. Picked up the lumber at Lowes yesterday.
Today I am starting construction on the stand since that is what I need to finalize the plumbing. I am just starting with the base for now and will add the plumbing covers and canopy after it is all done.
I will take progress pics this afternoon.
02-24-2013, 10:04 PM #20
Well I spent today working in the garage building the stand frame. All in all I am pretty happy with the results. I made a change to my design the other day and cut it down to 29" deep instead of 30". Good thing I did because it would not have made it in the house if I didn't ~ LOL.
The lumber pile...
The bottom frame.