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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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diy sump, auto/top off, auto declorinator,auto water change setup

I was sick of the boring maintenance involved with water changing, water top off, filter cleaning, and declorinating water. After a lot of research and drawings this is the completed project. I saves a lot of time maintaining my setup. It basically is a sump filter with a side feed prefilter chamber so much of the waste settles on the bottom which prevents the prefilter from getting clogged to soon. It also prevents fry from my livebearers from dying that get sucked into the overflow. they can live in there till I scoop them out. some of my amano shrimp ended up in there and they eat some of the uneaten food. there are also two bottom drains in the sump I open the valve and waste drains out.

the auto water change is basically a brass air line control that I use to drip water out and into the drain. It does work but I would like to come up with a better method.

the auto top of is a JBJ water level controller

the auto declorinator is basically a barrel with a fill valve plumbed to the side of it. it allows water to sit while it offgases. it is conected to my houses cold water line. there is a air pump hooked up to it on a timer to keep it well circulated and to speed up the offgassing.[IMG][/IMG]

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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here is a pic of the fill valve in the barrel[IMG][/IMG]

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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this is the CO2 chamber plumbing[IMG][/IMG]

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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Very nice..One question though, is that 2x4 next to your reservoir the only thing holding up your sump?

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That's sweet man! Looks like a reefers set up

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Very nice..One question though, is that 2x4 next to your reservoir the only thing holding up your sump?

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I was thinking the same thing hope its not. but other then that looks nice alot of plumbing.
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The frame is screwed to the wall studs on the left and back I needed to offset the leg to allow my snow blower to fit under it. The looks can be deciving it is plenty strong. This section of my basement is not to big. I did get alot of the ideas from reef setups. the water change is set at about 3-5 gallons per day.

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
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Now.. pics of tank!
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I hope that sump is covered.


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here is a pic of the tank. [IMG][/IMG]

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
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The cabinet above the sump may be removed and I'm thinking of putting a couple 10 gallon tanks for breeding and for the fry to grow.

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1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

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So.. you've got 100ft of PVC line, a custom DIY sump (sweet by the way), auto fill etc....for a 90 gallon bowfront with five fish in it? It looks like enough filtration for a 250 gallon tank!


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I have learned when it comes to filtration you can't go wrong with being on the larger side. Theres is about 35-40 feet each way, unfortunately I couldn't put the sump directly below the tank. there are 2 tanks running currently off the sump, the 90 and a 20 for breeding. theres are way more than five fish. there are over 100 young orange platys alone, which I will sell when there older. there is about 30-40 other fish in the 90 gallon. other than the rainbow fish and pearl guaramis most are small.

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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So.. you've got 100ft of PVC line, a custom DIY sump (sweet by the way), auto fill etc....for a 90 gallon bowfront with five fish in it? It looks like enough filtration for a 250 gallon tank!
yeah I was totally expecting a much bigger tank (You know what this means right, *nudge nudge* time for a upgrade )
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the nice thing about this setup is I can add a tank to it with very little extra maintenance. In hindsight I do wish I bought a tank that was shorter with more depth front to back so I could have more planting space.

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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