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Hi i am after a sand fiter or a filteration systemfor my 10 footer. IS there anyone in brisbane who specialises in fish tank sump or filters that can assist me from the start to the end with out the bullshit. What i am after is a filtration system and the pipping media etc to get my tank running :)

If anyone has a large tank with a good filtration system post some pics up.

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hi King, IMHO unless you have a 10Kl tank a sand filter is overkill. The main reason I can think of is power consumption, sand bed filters and rapid sand filters both require very large pulling power from your pump, most pumps are designed to push, not pull. Sand forms a much denser mechanical barrier then sponges, screens, or even gravel which is why they're so effective at cleaning water. which also means you'll need a very good pump, most likely a continuous run pump with a star-delta formation. If i really was going to do it this way, i'll avoid propellar driven transfer pumps and definately centrifugal. if this is an option that you really want to take, maybe look at some plunger pumps with a diaphragm. however, this is a high capital expense, and costly annual services (changing pump seals).

there is plenty of experience in this forum in sump construction with successful outcomes, you just need to ask the right question. People here are very happy to share knowledge.

personally, because i'm lazy and i don't like noisy sumps in my house.. i'll go for a large external cannister filter and use some kind of flocculant to clean the water chemically..

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if a sump is noisy then its done wrongly poorly designed what ever you want to call it

seriously if your ever coming to the north side drop by and i'll show you the 6ft tank with a 3ft sump in my lounge you cant hear over the noise of the tv and or the computer

thats a piss poor excuse to say a sump is noisy when its not or if it is badly designed and has not got the right sized piping for the return into the sump then u get noise

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I hope I'm not straying off topic here.

there is plenty of experience in this forum in sump construction with successful outcomes, you just need to ask the right question. People here are very happy to share knowledge.

personally, because i'm lazy and i don't like noisy sumps in my house.. i'll go for a large external cannister filter and use some kind of flocculant to clean the water chemically..

I think you are making a mass generalisation about all sumps being noisy.

Are you saying that a successful sump is noisy?

Every sump that I've done uses a Silent Overflow System. Correct piping is very essential. And correct baffle heights come into play also. I've done 800L+ display tanks that back onto a home theatre where noise is not an option.

The only noise that is audible in the systems I've set up are from the cheap and nasty pumps people choose as their return, then we go on to quality, you get what you pay for.

Setting up a sump takes time to do, and the reward is tenfold. There are many knowledgeable people on this forum who will help others build a succesful setup and integrate it into our lives.

A sand filter is alot of effort for not alot of outcome. A properly set up sump does outperform any canister filter on the market.

Sumps 2 - Sand Filter 0

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