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Best use for an attached sump on a nano tank?









The way the tank was set up, water entered via the overflow on the left side of the tank and was returned by a powerhead on the right. That set up was a shrimp and fish eater. I removed the powerhead and installed an Ecco canister filter. I put the filter intake in the sump on the side opposite the overflow. The return line is in the tank. Now I get a nice gentle flow through the sump.

My question is, what can I put in the sump? There is a large middle chamber. I could fill it with bio balls, lava rock, plants ... pretty much anything.

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I would go with bioceramic rings or balls, not plastic bioballs, and definitely not lava rock. Bioballs do provide biological filtration but not enough in such a small space, lava rock works great at firstbut becomes impacted and slowly loses bio-availability (aka surface area for bacteria to grow because all the pores get impacted with crud and there is no way to clean it all out).

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You can use it to grow some mosses

Just attach a small light to the back and let the stuff grow.


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You can use it to grow some mosses

Just attach a small light to the back and let the stuff grow.
This is what I would do. Currently java moss is taking over one of my HOB filters. The moss filters out all the crud pretty well and grows like crazy. Other than that I would go for mechanical filtration since your plants should provide plenty of bio filtration.


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