Hey everyone, so I've finished(to a point that it works, but it will be redone in the future) my overflow system, and my sump tank for my 55 gallon tank, but I have a question on if the medias I chose should work well, or if they will have a negative impact, or just be useless, etc.
I have the sump tank divided into four sections, the first section is empty, the water flows into there, then it goes into the second section through filter floss, then to the third section through porous rocks, and then the fourth section I cut up a large amount of small sections of 1" pvc tubing, as a sort of bio-ball type of thing, with no purpose but bacteria surface area.
Do these sound like they would be okay for filtration/bacterial growth?
Does any have suggestions on any better cheap medias to use?
Should I have them in a different order for some reason?
Would love to have any input on this.
The tank is still empty except for playsand substrate, i will be mostly doing large slate chunks, and stone for decor, either some large pvc tubing or some clay pots for caves and such(probably covered in stone), possibly a few fake plants, and probably some live plants, looking into christmas moss, java moss, java fern, and a few others.
The tank will house three still very small goldfish(comet/common), eventually there may be more, but these three are it's only inhabitants for quite awhile.
It seems to have been suggested that the tank would cycle best, and be most beneficial for everything if I were to do a fish in cycle with the three goldfish, so that is what I will be doing when it's prepared, but I just want to be sure I have a good enough filtering setup for them to have a good environment.
The PVC segments
The rocks I chose(they looked best to what I could think of as porous rock)
The sump tank, with a pretty bad, but to the point depiction of how the flow moves.
The red lines are where water travels over or under the divisions, and the blue section in the center is a solid divider, so the water flows into the back left corner, over a divider to the back right corner, under a divider to the front right corner, and then over a divider again to the front left corner, where the pump is pumping the (hopefully cleaner)water back into the tank.