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Help? Small fish safe DIY overflow box

Can it be done?

I'd love to hear your experiences.

I'm thinking of making an overflow box, going to a 10-gallon sump.
Getting tired of seeing 2 heaters and CO2 reactor inside the tank.

Thanks in advance

Oh and like the title said, this would have to be safe for guppy frys

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Can it be done?

I'd love to hear your experiences.

I'm thinking of making an overflow box, going to a 10-gallon sump.
Getting tired of seeing 2 heaters and CO2 reactor inside the tank.

Thanks in advance

Oh and like the title said, this would have to be safe for guppy frys

A wet/dry is the best filtration you can have on any tank i dont care what people think and say aobut eheims there nothing compared to a godo wet/dry and i do mena nothing your fish will be healther do to the bigger O2 exchange and if you do the CO2 on the retun line youll have no problem with loss of CO2 you may loose a bit but not much at all.

all you need its too put a filter pad in the overflow box like the one that sits inside the tank rite near the teeth and you should be k

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Might want to try adding a lip over the overflow "teeths" and then using a sponge in that area. Just make sure that you rinse the sponge every once in awhile.

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Got it, thanks!

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bigpow:
You can fit a sponge/screen door type material over the teeth if you want to keep them out of the overflow area. Otherwise you can just use a standard prefliter and let them play in the current and eat the left over food or skip the prefilter and build a modified Durso device and sell tickets to Mr. Toad's wild ride. This in particular is how I came to have a population of male zebra danios inhabiting the sump... In a chiclid tank, I would agree with badmatt above but in a planted tank you do not want to spend the effort to convert ammonia to nitrate (in the wet/dry) back to ammonia at the plant. For this reason on my personal tank I keep the sump ~2/3 full and stuff it with plants as a small nursery.
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