Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Philidelphia, PA
~Update on the sump system I'm working on~
So now that I know my overflows are working like they should, I moved on to media for the sump. I bought a couple bags of red lava from home depot and figured...easy cheap and definitely will do the job, but seeing as I like to be finicky with this type of stuff I started to explore other options I've thought about and discussed with people in the past.
Which brings me to the ultimate topic I want to talk about.....
So I started looking up poret foam once again to use in my sump chamber. Ultimately the only thing I would have to do is get 1 or 2 thick pieces and slide them right into the sump tank and be finished. They would provide excellent mechanical filtration and superb biological filtration. But then I went thinking a step further and thought...."what if I just take those 2 sheets and put them into my tanks creating a section for the overflow on one small side and the fish and output on the other. This would not only prevent any baby fish from getting sucked down the overflows, but it would allow all the fish to feed off the foam for all the microflora that baby fish generally eat. It wouldn't be as pretty, but it would definitely be functional to the extreme. Poret foam doesn't clog for months so no worries there. I could also use the foam to divide the tanks into 2 sections, one with the adult fish and one with the fry and juveniles, or males and females, or pleco's guppies, etc etc etc. So I'm thinking of definitely going that route. Poret is a bit pricey, but it's not something that needs to be replaced and if I ever wanted to get rid of my sump system they can be turned into regular Matten-hamburg filters.
Gonna grab some from swisstropicals.com, most likely going to get black foam, even though the blue is kind of appealing. I figure black is black is black and it's a filter not a decoration so yea...
So now that I've decided to do that...now I have to decide what I am going to put into the sump since I actually don't need any additional biological or mechanical. I guess I'll stick a couple high powered heaters in there and then call it a day haha
Next step: Cut glass lids for the two 40 breeders and the sump to prevent as much evaporation as possible.