I love my eshopps. I agree with ovoiding the sock. I made that mistake. I loaded mine up with submerged matrix and have the sponge block where the wall separates the pump compartment and it works like a charm. It is a pain when I clean the sponge as removing it tends to really release a ton of crud into the sump. Still deciding how to address that. Mechanical filtration is the most troublesome part of sump filtration in my experience. I would pay particular attention to that.