Simple Wet/Dry Sump

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Alright guys this is the idea I've come up with for my wet/dry sump. I'd like any input or suggestions anyone has to improve it.

This is the overflow which I have posted before. It's made out of 1" PVC painted to match my background.


Water will then flow down into the 10 gallon sump below my tank in the cabinet. It will flow into the plastic container and will be (pretty much) water tight to prevent splashing.


Inside the container the water will filter through a pad, I was thinking one of these Nitrate reducing pads. Do this actually work or is it just a waste of money? What else would you suggest?
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Under this first filter pad will be A Bucket 'O Bio Balls. The idea behind the bucket was the ability to pack in more bio balls in a small area but having balls above the top of the tank. I also like the fact that the container makes the balls easily removable from the sump for maintenance.


Then I drilled holes in the bottom of the container to drain the water.


The water will drip onto pot scrubber's and some of my left over bio balls. I will then add a baffle and have a filter between the balls and the pump.


I know a bigger tank would be better to use but I don't want to use my 20 gallon in case I decide to use it to breed mollies or something for feeders.

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JasonR replied the topic: Simple Wet/Dry Sump

Great job dude that'll work excellent! Filtration is filtration man. I have an empty 10 gal so yer giving me ideas here.:lol:
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I decided I needed to change my bucket of balls because it wasn't working quite as well as I'd like. So I decided to build this;


The bottom drawer is stuffed with 60 pot scrubbers, second drawer is bio balls, and the top drawer is my leftover bio balls, filter floss, and a course filter pad.

I can't decided if I should take the bio balls out of the top drawer and put them in the 10 gallon tank and fill the drawer with filter floss. Opinions?

Thanks to Joey from uarujoey on YouTube for the instructions.
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Luscar replied the topic: Simple Wet/Dry Sump

This is really cool. How do you get the water from the tank to the sump? do you use a pump or gravity?
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Simple Wet/Dry Sump

Make a video of this running; I saw this on YT & am curious on how well this will work.

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Here's a video of it. I would narrate for you but I hate listening to myself talk! :unsure:
I have a little bit of trouble with the overflow, if the water gets too low from evaporation it will stop working. But for what it cost it was a great deal.

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