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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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what is the benifit of having a sump?

the title explains itself
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In my case, fresh water for the dogs.

1) Larger volume of water in the system.
2) Can keep a lot of equipment in the sump that would otherwise be in the tank.
3) Possibly better arrangement of filter media, and larger volume of media.
4) Easy to take water for testing, and add chemicals to the water. The additives (fertilizer, dechlor... ) get pretty well diluted before they get into the tank.
5) Water level in the aquarium stays the same. The evaporation is noticed by less volume in the sump. With the water level staying up high in the tank there is no mineral build up where you can see it. (The rim of the tank hides it)
6) The sump can be planted as a refugium. House plants grow well in a setting like that, if you can give them the light they need. Great filtration!
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You also get high levels of oxygen and you can place heaters and whatnot in the sump, reducing equipment in the tank.


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MUCH easier to maintain then any other filtration system, they are also easy to customize and cheap to make. If your pump goes out, you replace the pump, not the entire system.

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what are the steps to make your own sump
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 04:00 PM
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pick a tank, then decide how u want it to flow, pick a pump and gph so u know what size return to use.(diy overflow or store bought)
you can go this way...



15 or 20 gal long and plastic bin set

or...


make baffles and silicone them in.

both of these i made and use.
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There are tons of Youtube videos on how to make them. They are used primarily in saltwater setups, so don't skip those videos. Type it into google too. Once you figure out how you want it set up (which is the hardest part) then making it is easy.

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Easy as heck to put together. And they usually can't spill as much as cannisters. If the seal leaks on a cannister you can drain the tank all the way to the intake.

Here's my sump, pretty simple and cheap.

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sorry to hijack, but I have read that with sump, you get beter co2 dissolved. How is that possible?

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sealed sumps off gas less co2 than open sumps. becomes like a reactor if u have a truely sealed sump.

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A fully sealed sump is a canister by definition. It doesn't off gas as much as some think although you do use more co2
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what are the steps to make your own sump
Type in DIY sump in your Google search box. There's about a million threads, Youtube videos, etc.
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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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where can i find a canister filter for a 20 gallon tank i think a canister is the way to go
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Look at the true aqua line, the df 200 will be perfect, if you want to spend a bit more the Ada 600 series will be ever more perfect
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http://www.truaqua.com/aquatop-canis...l#ReviewHeader

im looking at this one what do you think
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