First DIY sump
I'm building a 15 gallon sump for my 30 gallon aquarium. Yes it is overkill, but also extremely cool. In an effort to keep costs down, I cut the glass panels from some broken windows that were about to be thrown out. Also, I'll be using a 200 GPH fountain pump from Harbor Freight Tools ($10.99), and building the famous PVC DIY overflow and a spray bar. What's left to do is plumb the overflow and return, add a pump, and throw in some media and plants.
Where it will sit next to my display tank:
Never having built a sump before, I have some questions for you all:
-Is the Harbor Freight Tools fountain pump adequate?
-Does the return section look big enough?
-Where the sump sits in the picture, should it have enough head drop from the main tank to function properly?
-What size of PVC for my overflow should I use?
Thanks a ton! More pictures will follow once the rest of the stuff is in place.
looks pretty good to me. at 200gph you could use 0.5" pvc without any problems. I'm not familiar with those types of pumps, but seems to me that it should be able to handle it given there is very little head height.
Thar she blows!!!
I have no experience with that particular pump, but once you plumb it in, and account for a little wear-n-tear, I would be shocked if you got 150 gph of flow. That should still be good enough for a 30 gallon tank provided it is not very heavy stocked.
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