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Lisachromis wrote:I'm surprised no one here has answered this yet. Since I have never tried a sump system, I cannot answer you as to placement or the other questions. I'm sure someone will be along who can answer this for you. The answers would be something most people who want to use a sump should need to know.
Dan Woodland wrote:Gurn,
Welcome back to the fray.
1. It is assumed your sump filter is level with the bottom of the tank or lower, as hidden inside a stand.
2. The skimmer inside the tank would be set so if you do have a power outage it will not overflow. This also means the sump has to be appropriately sized for your tank.
3. You do not need to drill the sump to make it work; you can simply use one of the many pumps or power heads available as a return pump.
My question would be why a sump based filter? I had them for years and found them to be more money and trouble than they are worth. First you can feed food that floats unless you turn off the pump first. Otherwise the food will be sucked into the overflow. Second, it has to be in near perfect balance otherwise you may loose your siphon, and then there's evaporation. If you don't keep the water level in your tank at the right level the filter can stop or "run dry".
Hope that helps, good luck.
PS. Personally, I use hang-on-the-back technology filters. The intake tube is very easy to hide, especially if your background is black or diverse and it's very easy to see when the filter has clogged needing maintenance.
WOW, you changed media two or three times a week, what did you have in the tank? It sounds like the filter was undersized for the tank or the bio load.
Something to consider in your deliberations is, what is your ultimate goal? I have twelve large tanks, it would be costly for me to buy 12 wet/dry filters (that's what they are really called) and I would have to make room for them in my fish room design which I can’t since my room is now a bit tight on space. On the other hand if you have one or two tanks and you don’t want to see the filter intake in the tank then maybe the wet/dry filter is for you. It can be hidden in the cabinet stand and makes virtually no noise.
Gurn Blanston wrote:Must the sump be lower than the tank?
Gurn Blanston wrote:What about a power outage? Is my tank water going to totally end up on the floor?
Gurn Blanston wrote:If I am using glass tanks and am loathe to drill, how best to set up the tank outlet/sump inlet?
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