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    Question A small sump inside the aquarium


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    My Aquarium will be 72cm length,52cm height,51cm width,6mm glass.

    On its side I will have a partition which will be dedicated to a sump filter. I have prepared an idea of how the filter will be. Can someone suggest any alternatives or point some fallacies?

    The image is as if you are viewing the filter area from the front (one in reality will be always looking at it from the side - from where there is the water in.

    So the plan is this:

    Water enters from a plastic grid and follows this course:
    Chamber 1
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    1. Coarse filter media
    2. Nylon Pot Scrubbers
    3. Softer Filter Media

    Chamber 2
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    1. 250grams Filter Wool
    2. 10 4cm Bio Balls
    3. 2Kgs of Bio Home Ceramic Rings
    - A 300W heater will be present to keep the bacteria colony happily warm
    - An airstone to add oxygen for the bacteria

    Chamber 3
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    - A kg of Activated Carbon will be present in this chamber
    - Another 300W heater
    - 2 Java Moss Balls 5 cm each


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    Anyone has any suggestions to the set up please?
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    Last edited by KingFisher; 11-13-2013 at 03:17 PM.

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    It could work in theory. Why would you want this though?

    What is a java moss ball?
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    Don't really see the point. Yes it will work but if you're willing to sacrifice space in your tank why not do a mattenfilter? Much easier!

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    agreed. why waste all that valuable tank space when you can do a proper sump with an overflow and small tank.
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    Well, not everyone has the room for a sump

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    A separate sump or good canister filter would work a lot better, or at the least be easier to do on a tank your size

    Your design would work, but I would make the below suggestions if you decide to go ahead with this project
    1- I would not put any media in your last compartment to allow for the return pump to work properly. You could put both heaters in there
    2- I would suggest to use ceramic rings as bio-media instead of the pot scrubbies and bio balls. While they will certainly work, they are better suited for trickle filters. The ceramic rings would grow more bacteria
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    A separate sump or good canister filter would work a lot better, or at the least be easier to do on a tank your size

    Your design would work, but I would make the below suggestions if you decide to go ahead with this project
    1- I would not put any media in your last compartment to allow for the return pump to work properly. You could put both heaters in there
    2- I would suggest to use ceramic rings as bio-media instead of the pot scrubbies and bio balls. While they will certainly work, they are better suited for trickle filters. The ceramic rings would grow more bacteria
    Cliff I was suggested to set it up like this: Aquarium Filter.jpg

    is it better the way you suggested for the pump or like this is good too?

    I put one of the heaters next to the filter media so it will be a bit hotter there - allowing for more bacteria growth

    2. ceramic rings are expensive - hence why scrubbies and bio balls. is it necessary I buy biohome? i heard their life is 6 years. is normal ceramic rings true 2 years lifetime?

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    As far as I know, ceramic rings last just about forever - why would you need to replace them?

    Even if someone suggested you set something up a certain way, it's always good to see if there are alternatives that work better, or save money, or are more practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imma24 View Post
    As far as I know, ceramic rings last just about forever - why would you need to replace them?

    Even if someone suggested you set something up a certain way, it's always good to see if there are alternatives that work better, or save money, or are more practical.
    thats why i am asking here :)


    shall i proceed with 3 chambers or 5 as it is now? will change the filter media to ceramic rings as you suggested :)


    also shall i put the pump as it is (At the bottom) or put it at the top of the media?

    thanks!

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    bioballs and pot-scrubbers aren't the best media for a submerged environment. they work great in trickle style wet/drys, but ceramic media works best submerged IME.
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