My apologies for no response in this thread for such a long time.
Life is so very busy! and with the cabinet refurbisment project going on, I did not get to spend much time with this sump. But now I am re-visiting this.
Thanks for the tips, bigtrout and I will answer your questions in the next post...
I tried re-designing the sump on paper. This is what I came up with. This design is a couple of weeks old. After watching a few more videos, I think I do not want to go with this design. Still, posting it here, as a design step I took...
Here is what I have in mind:
Go with fludized K1 media as the "eventual" biological medium, but since it takes way too long to establish, more like 6 months, I hear.........lets put Poret foam as a "hold me over" until K1 gets established.
Why K1? I do not know, it looks so cool! LoL
This video is inspiring me to go this route:
I am building a manifold for the sump. It will feed two things:
1. CO2 reactor (just an inline diffuser) and
2. Move K1 media with a water jet, instead of using an air stone
More on this idea soon....stay tuned!