10-16-2007, 08:13 AM
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Idea for a FW sump...
So I have some old aquarium stuff laying around...a 20 and a 5 gallon tank. I got to thinking about how I can clean up my 55 gallon, you know get rid of the filter and heater and stuff so this is what I came up with:
The water is pumped out of the main tank with a regular water pump (#1), it flows into the 20 gallon tank. There the water is heated and picked up by the Bio-Wheel 350 and filtered. Then the Bio-Wheel 350 will dump the water into the 5 gallon tank, where it will be heated again by the heater from my old tank. Then another pump (#2) inside the 5 gallon tank will dump the heated and filtered water into the other side of the tank.
Any suggestions? I know this set-up is not very economical...most people dont have extra tanks laying around but is it to complicated to be efficient? The only potential problem I see is pump #1 pumping the water in and the Bio-Wheel not being able to keep up with it and the 20 gallon tank overflowing...can I put ball valves on the line running from the pumps or will restricting the flow via a valve damage the pumps by not letting the flow at a normal rate? Any suggestions would be helpful, if I get some pumps this weekend I will begin set-up with a picture journal!