Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Philidelphia, PA
I actually went out and bought both months ago...the dish scrubbies and the body scrubbers. I've had them sitting in a bucket waiting to be used for awhile. But with the poret foam they're absolutely zero chance for any bypass. Also, I've read in different forums that biological filtration is more effective with slower flow rates, so if I spread out the flow coming out of the pump across the whole surface of the poret wall then it definitely would be one of the best if not THE best bio filter around. Not to mention it's nicer to look at and doesn't need to be rinsed for months on end. Plus, if I ever decide to ditch the sump, I don't have change anything. I can leave the foam walls right where they are and stick a PVC uplift tube from behind the wall and up over the top into the fish section and run the MHF with an airpump.
Bill...the refugium idea is definitely something I've thought of, but if I'm running plants I'm more than likely just going to stick them in with the fish since the fry will feed off of them and it will protect them from getting eaten. It would on the other hand be a nice growout chamber for anubias like you said with the high flow rates and I can adjust the lighting in the sump to be "dimly lit" so it's perfect for the anubias.
Ok....enough typing...more doing. I gotta find my glass cutter so I can make some lids for the two 40 breeders because I'm losing a lot of water from evaporation.