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So, I know that most of the largest canister filters are essentially 5 gallon buckets with 1000 GPH pumps attached to drag the water through. Also a lot of people like sumps for the added area and for the added volume of water. So heres my suggestion and question what would a sump offer over a 55 gallon bucket that i turn into a BMF, big mother, canister filter?
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So, I know that most of the largest canister filters are essentially 5 gallon buckets with 1000 GPH pumps attached to drag the water through. Also a lot of people like sumps for the added area and for the added volume of water. So heres my suggestion and question what would a sump offer over a 55 gallon bucket that i turn into a BMF, big mother, canister filter?
The ability to be incognito. Unless you can plumb the 55 gallon drum somewhere else where it will be hidden?

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There are a lot of advantages to a sump depending on how they are designed.

They keep the water level in the tank constant, which prevents an unsightly evaporation line from forming. They hide equipment and allow much higher flow rates. Some designs are easier to clean than cannister filters, since you can lift out a sponge or filter sock without turning off the pump.

Finally an overflow will skim the surface of the water more reliably than any inflow pipe.


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Unless you can find a way to turn a55 gallon drum into a canister that you can open and clean, the reseal I would say avoid them

They do make~15 gallon bucket with a water tight lid and locking ring you might be able to readily use, but I'm partial to sumps


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Pond people often make 55gal drum filters. Ponds are usually outside


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So, I know that most of the largest canister filters are essentially 5 gallon buckets with 1000 GPH pumps attached to drag the water through. Also a lot of people like sumps for the added area and for the added volume of water. So heres my suggestion and question what would a sump offer over a 55 gallon bucket that i turn into a BMF, big mother, canister filter?
For what it's worth, a lot of people, myself included, use 55 gallon drums as pond sumps.


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