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post #1 of 5 Old 11-08-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
sump question

Could I use a canister filter as a "pump" from the sump to back to the aquarium or is this a bad idea?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-08-2012, 04:33 PM
I suppose you could as long as its capable of moving the same amount of water as your overflow. Some people use canister filters to provide extra water circulation and a place for running activated carbon. Not sure about a return pump though.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-08-2012, 04:36 PM
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Could I use a canister filter as a "pump" from the sump to back to the aquarium or is this a bad idea?
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bad idea.

A canister filter is designed to siphon water to a lower level them pump it back up. for a net gain of well not much.

A sump pump has to pump the water from the floor to tank about 5' higher. that takes a lot more "power" requiring a design that doesn't leak and so on.

Using a canister filter I think you will find creates lots of micro bubbles as the impeller cavitates and the case has some small air leaks and so on. And basically not pump much water at all.

I think you can almost count on having the buy a pump designed for sumps if you want a sump.

my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-08-2012, 05:42 PM
Gotta agree with Bob. Not a good idea forthe reasons he's posted.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-08-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
I was just curious curious wasn't sure if this was a viable option or not. Just trying some ideas.
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