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First attempt at a sump-advice and guidence needed

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Hey guys,

As the title states, this is my first attempt at building or even using a sump. The sump is being made out of an old 2.5x1x1.5 tank I had laying around. It will be used to filter my 6x2x2.

I have a few questions that Im hoping to have answered. I have searched through the forums and gathered as much knowledge as I can before even attempting a design but there are a few loose ends. Firstly, My tank was second hand when I bought it and I understand it is over 10yr old so Im not game enough to have the tank drilled. Ive bought an overflow box to use but I was wondering what i can connect the air tube up to so that the syphon is maintained even in the event of a power out. Im told that these units are supposed to keep the syphon going but Ive also heard som horror stories of massive overflows.

Secondly, after searching designs and reading what I can find on the forum I have come up with a design of my own that I think will work well. That being said I have never done this before and definitely need advice.

If you could have a look at my very basic design that i whipped up in paint and tell me if A. I have left enough space for media and B. if in the event of a power out, it could overflow onto the floor :hothead: :hothead: :hothead:

Finally..... Where do i place my heater and air stone?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide me.

Joe.

P.S. to explain my drawing a little, the front and top views are fairly self explanitory, but all of the cirlces in the side view represent holes i want to drill in the first baffle to allow even distribution across the bioballs/cubes/gutter guard... whatever ends up going in there.

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It isn't stealing when I offered it to you. I just made it up off the top of my head, but I wouldn't be the least surprised if people have made them just like that. :ewink:

If you do make one, just let me know how it goes.

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Unless someone else shows me something better I most probably will do it like that. I have friday off I think so I will endeavour to get some measurements done by then so I can get some acrylic cut. Its a fair way of being completed just yet as I stil have to work out how I want to plumb it aswell as what pump to run ect. The first step is to settle on a design so I can start working out how everything else will fit around that.

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sump 2 is mutch better option

as for power out over flow you could fit a small float system like on a cattle trough on the intake side of the sump so if it gets to high it stops the flow in till it goes back down

sorry i cant do diagrams maby someone els nows wat i mean

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Yeah I agree with option B. there is an auto top up system for sale at age of aquariums that might work?

I havnt looked too far into acrylic yet but I just did a google search then and came up with a few places. Im going to give these guys a call tomorrow and see if they can help me out.

http://www.cuttosize.com.au/

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Can someone please correct me if I am wrong, but aren't bioballs inefficient underwater? My understanding of it is that bioballs need oxygenated water to work well, hence why they are always in the first stage below a drip tray.

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Ok, a quick update of what ive been up to.

I got the acrylic cut to size and siliconed it in place. pretty happy with the result. I also received my overflow box which turned out to be much larger than I was expecting. Finaly, Ive ordered my pump along with a heap of bio-balls and filter matting. After everything turns up all thats left is to plumb it all together and get it working :):):)

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Just some food for thought - you may want to consider alternate media for the section where you had planned bio balls because it appears as if you plan to have them submerged; if this is the case, there are better options for media with higher surface area such as matrix. As mentioned previously, bio balls are more suited to a wet/dry area.

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