Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

I'm liking the built in tanks I've seen around. Granted I don't think my apartment people would appreciate me adding one into the place. But if we do ever own our own place I would give serious consideration to doing something like that, could make the supporting structure as strong as you like because everything is hidden behind a wall. I think though if I did something like that I would have to cave and build a sump, FX5 is awesome, but even it has its limits.

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Gazza replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Hey Nate

Not meaning to be picky :( But one problem I see with your design some very good ideas in there ;)

But a pump failure and you will end up with no beneficial bacteria in your media :pinch: BB need water to survive pump failure dead BB :(

Answer to barb fittings I'd ditch them where they attach fit a PVC barrel union (makes for portability)and continue with pvc pipe into your filter via bulkhead fittings

That should give you more flow :woohoo: or just add another overflow/ drain B)

and another tip as a fail safe never have your lowest drain point lower than the amount of water your fish need to survive :woohoo:

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natelogston replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Thanks Gaz! Bring on the constructive criticism. That's why I posted :)

My lowest drain point is about at the top of my tank so all good on that front.
When I shut the pump off, I lose about 1" off the top of my tank which actually works perfectly.

Great input about the barrel unions, I'll definitely give that a shot. I'm certain, that's where I'm losing my flow. I won't necessarily increase my return flow, but I want the piece of mind that the the overflows will keep up if needed.

Good point about the bacteria dying if the pump stops too. I hadn't thought of that. I wonder how long it takes for the bacteria to die in that situation? I suppose the filter media would stay wet for a long time. I opted for the vertical trickle stack vs the horizontal mainly for the simplest way to access the media and maintain it, but secondarily because I felt I could build it with relative ease :). Perhaps that's not the best. In all reality (which I admit is silly), the canister filter can handle the filtration and bacteria if I only really use the sump for extra water, water level and heater :). Not the point I know, but if I lose power at least I have bacteria alive in the canister right?
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Gazza replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

My bad forgot bout you have the canister filter too :pinch:
so all will not be lost :pinch: but will put a strain on your filtration :(
but not drastic ;)

On a second thought there is no need for Bulkheads into your sump just a hole big enough for your pipe work to fit in ;)
Canister filters require those type of fittings cause their a closed water filter / hence the need to prime them :evil:

Stagger your sump feed pipes so as too distribute the the water better

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Gazza replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Brain Fart where you sump feeds in :)

add a bulk head fitting :pinch: YES I did say no need

But for your set up I would that way you could use screw in pvc strainers and use it like a spray bar cut out bits etc to make it give you the best spread ;)

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natelogston replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Ah, great idea! So, just making sure I understand correctly, you're saying to use bulkhead type fittings at the top of the sump and spray bars to distribute evenly across filter media?
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Gazza replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

natelogston wrote: Ah, great idea! So, just making sure I understand correctly, you're saying to use bulkhead type fittings at the top of the sump and spray bars to distribute evenly across filter media?


Yeah or screw in strainer and cut bits out :)

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this thread has been fantastic so far
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Matt replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Indeed, lots of good stuff in here.

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Gazza replied the topic: Re: Sump Filter and Overflow Box for a 55 gallon tank

Brain storming is what it is all about B)

Marcus yeah where the hell is he ?
gave some great advise :)

AS DID Noddy and heaps of others :woohoo: :woohoo:

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