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SUMP FILTRATION

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by David B. Diehl, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I am considering using a sump filter for my 75 gallon tank. Found an adjustable pump that pumps about 800 gph, considering using it in a 10 gal tank for filter system. Any advise?
     
  2. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    well you have covered the x10 tank size to flow rate turnover ratio for aquascaping a high tech tank, dependent on the actual flow rate with the head off water and what flow rate the pump actually does ! as manufacturers specs aren't always correct

    Might be worth considering fitting two pumps of half the flow rate on different returns so if one fails one will still be working
     
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    Zeus has given you something to think about.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The funny thing is that tank is running on a cobalt canister filter for my 55 gal tank. Pumps a max of 210 gph.
     
  5. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    running any power heads etc as its the combined turnover that counts not just the filter turnover
     
  6. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Just a small fountain pump in the tank for circulation. Probably less gph that filter.
     
  7. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Planning high tech or low tech tank ?


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  8. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    All live bearers with beginner plants. No Co2. aquarium 2.21.png aquarium 2.22.png
     
  9. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here is a current picture current photo.jpg
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I can see another big concern coming soon, with all those livebearers you could be in for a population explosion.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Nice tank :)

    well if your not using CO2 then the need for a high turnover (x10) isn't as important and a turnover of about x5 should be ample for keeping the Ferts flowing in your tank. Although being able to turn it up to a higher setting occasionally would enable the filters to remove more of the detritus which all tanks get building up over time, even few times a week for an hour would help. plus a bit of exercise wont harm the fish either.

    Although I'm no expert by any means, I'm sure someone with more expertise will advise you soon, folk busy this close to Xmas;)
     
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    I wonder if a 10 gallon would offer enough space for a decent volume of biomedia. I prefer to do overkill on the biomedia. Do you plan to purchase some type of overflow or is your tank drilled? Do you plan to drill it if its not? 800 gph pump would do the job. Is it pressure rated? Do you have a link or something you picked up somewhere? Make and model?

    There are many ways to do the overflow drain. I'm certainly not an expert on sumps as I don't run them on my systems (non are large enough to justify the method). If you were injecting CO2 there a couple easy modifications to preserve CO2, but since you are not they are not necessary and can be added later if you add CO2.

    Why the switch? The tank looks healthy and fairly clean.
     
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    Good point I had missed that (y)

    no chance off top up running from the same tank

    similar size tank with sump here its a marine tank- but the guy makes the same size sumps for marine and tropical
     
  14. David B. Diehl

    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Already have them separated into four different tanks by type. One tank is nothing but fry.
     
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    David B. Diehl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Need the filter for my 55 gal tank, right now it is running on plants.
     
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    Do you have a particular filter in your mind or are you asking for a suitable filter?

    What is in or going into the 55g tank?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    The cobalt canister is going back to the 55 gallon tank, using sump filter for 75 gal tank. Sump filter will be made from a 10 gallon tank I just bought. going to make overflow box for it out of acrylic, dividers out of styrene and egg crate plastic, pump about 400 gpm. Bio balls, foam, charcoal, and filter medium.
    Tank pictured 75 gallon now has red swords, pineapple swords, platies, and guppies with no male yet. The 55 gallon has green swords, 5 adult and soon 25 fry with cutoffs from 75 gallons plants. The 20 gal has 9 yellow swords with no plants at this time, will be taking it down to a 10 gal. The 5.5 gallon is all fry and plants. Both the 20 and the 5.5 gallon have cartridge filters on them with air stones.
     
  18. keithgh

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    The Red and Pineapple Swords could cross breed keep them separate if you want to have the pure colours.

    Sounds like you have it all organized now.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    If you keep them without a male for too long, one of your females of each species will convert to a male. I personally think that's pretty cool of livebearers!
     
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    Wendy its not uncommon in the fish world I know of one species are all born FM and can change at a certain age.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     

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