Further thoughts on the use of a sump:
What is a good return flow for a total water volume of about 380L? I removed here already the volume for rocks, substrate,...
There is one return pump with dual inlet to the tank. If possible I like to avoid the need of any other wavemaker.
How to set up the sump and filtration?
There will be 2 filter socks instead of the below 4 socks.
Water is running in U form and there is a lot of space to add extra baffles if necessary.
How many compartments do you recommend for bio media and others?
Any suggestions for the best way to add this to this system?
Inline reactor? In tank diffusor? Cerges reactor?
Are the CO2-Art regulators and diffusors any good?
I have an UV reactor.
Is UV something that is commonly used? I know that it does not do wonders, but it can help to remove certain items from the water.
Water top off:
I will do some more reading and testing of my tap water to find out what can be used.
I have a rodi-filter, but understand that nutrients are needed.
My tap TDS is about 160.
Beautiful set up!
I always prefer a sump if possible because it gives you so many more options and eliminates the canister filter tubes from the aquarium. The glass pipes are wonderful but what you normally don't see on the Internet pictures is how green/brown the tubes get over time. You also are able to swap out mechanical and chemical filtration much easier with a sump.
That being said, it does take up a lot more cabinet space than an canister. If you do go canister, I would recommend the new Oase filters that allow you to replace the prefilter without taking the filter apart.
Why do you need a chiller?
Hi Art, thank you for chiming in.
Very much agreed on the sump pros and I think I will go with that route.
I am not sure how to get this in my avatar space, but I live in Dubai and most probably will be moving to Vietnam in the future.
Here a chiller is something not to be forgotten in the setup. I guess in Vietnam I will have the same issue with heat.
I saw the Oase Biomaster filters and these look very good. A Biomaster 600 would do great.
Good to know about the lily pipes.