I agree that wet/dry systems are popular in the reef keeping world but aren't necessary (or overkill) in the freshwater world. Why are canister filters so popular in the planted tank forums? What I have built is really an over-sized canister filter but in a sump it affords me much more flexibility: heaters, continuous water change system, additional water volume, time of maintenance.
I ran a wet/dry for a year before I took down the tank and built this setup. I always had the "toilet running in the living room" feeling with the constant trickle. The foam is a bit pricy but I expect it to last for years; I'll never go back to wet/dry.
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