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need information about sumps

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by Anonymous, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

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    What the sump?
    Im acquiring a sump filter etc and I have no idea how they work or what they do, nothing nada nil none. Im looking for anything and everything, slather it on thick!
     
  2. trajik ink

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    here's a link i found if you have any questions pm me and i'll explain everything for you.
    <a class="postlink" href="http://www.vafishfreek.com/wetdrynsump.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.vafishfreek.com/wetdrynsump.html</a>
     
  3. Anthony

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    A sump is basically a large wet/dry filter. It allows for a larger volume of water to be kept in circulation in a tank to help further stabilize your water parameters. A lot of people put feeder fish in their sumps along with some plants to keep things cycled.
     
  4. noshow discus

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    think of a whisper hang on the back filter.........now picture it the size of say a 20 gal long
    in a nut shell it is water dropped over millions of sq inches for the good bat. to grow <bio balls or ceramic stone or double spiral, the black incert under the white floss in a whisper> then falling onto a sponge <white floss part of the whisper> then into a holding tank <the whisper filter part> which then get pumped back into the main tank
    Thus creates water movement transferring bad gasses out and good gasses in.
    Pros most say is the best type of filtration
    Cons can get costly if pumps give out ,and if not set up right i havent seen one 20 gallon that will hold 40 gallons of water.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    I was wondering if I should throw some plants or rocks or feeder fish or something into the holding tank of my wet dry filter.
     
  6. Anthony

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    A lot of people do. If it were me, I would.
     
  7. crazedpuffer

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    The wet dry on my SW tank I'm setting up is gonna be filled with LR.
     
  8. Anonymous

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    Ok, what would you put in there?
     
  9. Anthony

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    I'd just put a very low light plant in there like java moss and some feeder goldfish or something small.
     
  10. trajik ink

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    yeah, i wouldn't even go with the fish because they can cause a bigger bio load....i'll just put plants and java with a grow light...they'll help with phosphates, heavy metals and nitrates....i'm planning on getting red mangroves for my sump now...i'm ordering them today, friday i'm planning on breaking down my tank to get rid of some live rock, oh and i'm also suppose to pick up a couple of koralia 4's tonight for some more flow in the tank....
     
  11. crazedpuffer

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    Yeah easy growing plants would be the best.
     
  12. Anonymous

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    how high should the water level be in my wet dry filter, currently its about 5 inches high, just about the pump, is this normal?
     
  13. Anthony

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    There should be enough room so that if the power fails any water that would drain back into it isn't enough to make it overflow.
     
  14. Anonymous

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    o ok, so it should never be full?
     
  15. Anthony

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  16. Anonymous

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    hahaha, my amateur ass had it slammed full at first! No wonder it kept over flowing
     
  17. Anthony

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    :) The only time it should be full or very close to full is if your power goes out.

    This is why I use UPS on my tanks.
     
  18. Anonymous

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    is it normal for all wet dry filter's water level to drop below the pump? I would say mine does this maybe twice a week? I ust top it off, the tank level never drops just the water line in the wet dry.
     
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  20. Anonymous

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    maybe, but is this normal?