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Fish Tank Forum • View topic - plans for the 3ft
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Re: plans for the 3ft

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 2:57 pm
by Graeme
Just Google "aquarium sump design" there's loads of stuff on the subject. There's articles on here about just about every aspect of fish keeping except aquarium sump design! Maybe when you have done some research you might like to write an article! :-):

A sump is basically another tank in the cupboard under the main tank. It serves mainly as a large capacity filter. The main tank water overflows into it and passes through the filter medium then gets pumped back into the main tank. It makes water changes easier, adding meds easier, filter maintenance easier and keeps the main tank level constant. I'm sure other people on here will add some more uses too! I haven't got one but now I've thought about it, I might have to put one together!

Re: plans for the 3ft

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:27 pm
by malakye
Sumps are more commonly used for marine fish keeping. Usually it is sectioned into three areas, I will tell you how mine is laid out, the first is where the water enters from the main display tank above, the skimmer which removes particles in the water is housed in this section as is the heater. The second is a deep sand bed and also where my mangroves and cheato stay, mangroves and cheato both help to remove nitrates and phosphates which are a no no in marine tanks. The third section is where the return pump is housed to pump the water back up to the main tank. The water flows through the three sections and each section is seperated by the use of baffles. If you just google sump tanks you will find thousands of articles.

Re: plans for the 3ft

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 6:32 am
by Graeme

Re: plans for the 3ft

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:02 pm
by malakye
Its not yet lmao, well thats not 100% true, the kitche and hall flooring is done but we have decided to decorate the kitchen (again) so its getting done before the livingroom gets started. Problem is time, between hospitals, funerals, family issues and health issues everything was held up but hopefully the kitchen will get started at the weekend.