03-31-2009, 11:41 AM
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With the sump you can have more media to support more bacteria and it also oxygenates the water better. I understand your concern about the chance of over flow with a power outage this was my concern also with my first set up. The size of your sump will keep this from happening when you lose power the return pump from the sump stops but water will continue filling it from your tanks over flow the amount of water that can fill the sump is only the amount of water above your overflow usually about 5 - 6 gal with a 60 gal tank this is not enough to over flow the sump. When this happens the only thing you will see is extra water in your sump. There is one problem though if you are not there when the power comes back on the return pump will pump the water back into your tank the water level will be back where it was before the power outage but your pump will run out of water in the sump and it will either burn out or if it is plugged into a power strip will hopefully trip the breaker before the pump gives out. If you invest alot of money in your pump you can use a float switch in the sump to protect it. Over all it is pretty cool setting one up I dont worry about accidents happening at all I just have a friend kind of watch things for me if I go out of town. One other thing you use your sump as a great nitrate remover just grow some java fern in the sump it will do well with a little lighting.In closing wet dry filters increases your tanks capacity alowing you to stock it with more fish.
If you still want to set it up I am willing to help you it is a great DIY.
Ps: I just thought of a way you could have some spillage and that is the additional water your sump holds it is pretty big but I think by not placing your tank return line at the bottom of your sump and not having your tank water level to high it should be fine. You will just need to play around with your water levels and test it out. With a float switch placed prperly in your sump you wont have to worry about this at all.
Last edited by Jeffsaquatic; 03-31-2009 at 11:50 AM..