Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Overland Park, KS
Sumping a 29G
I have a 29G tank that I'm setting up for the first time. I currently have a HOB biowheel, 100W heater, CO2 reactor, UV sterilizer, that really make the tank ugly. I'm thinking the solution to this is a sump underneath the main tank, but I'm missing a few parts.
I currently have a 10G spare tank and big fat submersible water pump. It is more than strong enough to push a 1/2" column of water nearly 4 feet in the air. My understanding is that with a sump, you're supposed to baffle the tank and fill each section with a respective part, be it a heater, peat, floss, whatever.
The parts I'm missing -- how do you get the water out of the main tank? I don't want to drill into my glass, and it seems like if I set up a siphon, I'd end up with a very wet floor. Is a sump the "holy grail" of aquaria, or should I just deal with a messy wall along the back?