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Old 03-13-2012, 03:59 PM   #11
 
Ok guys this is pissing me off i am going do to the shops 2morrow and i need to know if im buying the right thing so will all this media be fine:

1st chamber i was thinking filter wool and sponge
2nd ceramic noodles
3rd ceramic noodles
4th matrix or bio balls or my left over 2-3mm thick fish tank grvel which 1 would u choose???
5th heater and sump pump

all the media will be fully Submerged!!

im just wondering if any1 out there has used a specfic type of media and has gone bad for them, eg like lava rock getting easily clogged and bio balls not working in fully subermed sumps??

thanks guys
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #12
 
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First of all can you please kindly refrain from using language like that. You can come here asking for help and we have offered it you with very little information on your part.

We are trying to help you add media to a sump we know nothing about other than you want to buy media for it.

There is certain media which will work better than others depending on what type of sump setup you have. You have offered no description of how the sump is setup, does it have a media tower, 5 separate compartments etc. It is like trying to design the space shuttle blindfolded!

Bioballs, ceramic noodles, work best in wet/dry filtered sump, submerging them gives too much flow over the bioballs and ends up bypassing a large percentage of them.

The heater as mentioned needs to be in the middle compartments so it has time to heat the water before it is pumped back to the tank.

Chamber 1 (where water flows into the sump) Filter floss / sponge filter to trap waste as it enters from the overflow.
Chamber 2 Ceramic Media to act as part your biological filter
Chamber 3 (Heater), gives plenty of time for the water to be heated before being pumped back to the tank
Chamber 4 Matirx (look for larger pond matrix if you are going to fully submerge it)
Chamber 5 - PUMP.

If you have a media tower type setup then all this information is rendered nearly useless as you would be needing media for a wet/dry setup which is bioballs and plastic pot scrubbers.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:50 AM   #13
 
Its not that i dont want a post a pic but i dont have any spare time on my hands, trying to figure out what the best media is, work and mataining my aquairum

Thank u sorry for my language as it was not needed

Special thanks for tazman and others for replied.
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