over head sump idea
trying to make an overhead sump for cheap.
water will be pumped from the tank into a long container(possibly a planter box)
the first section will be a plant basket with polyester fiber for mechanical filtration, then water will flow through a bag of sintered glass media (eheim substrat pro) for biological filtration. finally it will pass through a plant basket filled with hydroton planted with a pothos , then it will go into an overflow and back into the tank. another option I was thinking was to make a divider and make a fluidized bed with k1 kaldnes instead of the pothos, which would add a little more to the cost but would have better bio filtration(obviously).
NOTE: the planter/ container will be sitting on top of the aquarium, which means I will have to find a planter that is slightly longer than the aquarium itself, so that it can rest on the sides, or If I cant find one long enough, I will have to install some sort of brace in the middle of the tank to hold it on the left or right, probably made from a piece of acrylic .
what do you think? anything I could do to make it better?