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post #1 of 4 Old 11-06-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Sump OR Canister for a 125 Gallon

Setting up a 125 Gallon Acrylic Tank which is 48x24x24

I'm not set on stocking yet, but I am thinking about a large variety of Tetra population to include a group of Denison Barbs, Rummies, Cardinals, Green Tetras, maybe some Apistos - lots of options.

I already have an Eheim 2229 Wet/Dry Trickle filter sitting on my shelf...... but.... today on Craigslist I found a 20 gallon sump complete for a very good price.

For certain I can sell the Eheim for more than the cost of the sump and still have a little left over

I've never had a sump and would like to set one up on this size tank.

What would you do - sump it or canister it?

Hurry up and reply, if I'm gonna go with the sump I need to get it before it get's GONE!

Have fun and be PATIENT!

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-06-2012, 09:46 PM
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Sump gives more and better filtration and plus if there is refugium space a nursery or food source breeding ground like snails for if you got puffers

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-07-2012, 12:05 PM
A tough call that could go either way on larger tanks, even for Fresh Water.

I like the idea of a canister over a sump because they're less muss 'n fuss. However, with a sump comes the potential for wet/dry, hiding heaters, deep sand, refugiums, etc. Although debris filtering is more limited due to the overflow.
However, I think most commercial sumps are overdone and too expensive. If I was gonna go sump, it would be DIY - as there are some pretty ingenious sump setups I've seen that have been done for less than half the cost of a decent canister filter.

Bottom line, if it was bigger than 125, I think I'd go with a sump, even for FW, but in this case, I'd likely use a high quality canister.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-07-2012, 12:41 PM
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I would opt for sump over canister but sump would in my view need to be larger than 20 gal, or your not gaining much over a good canister or two.

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