I'm not sure if I'm insane or not, so I thought I'd ask here. :D
I've currently got a Fluval 303 on my 20 gallon Convict tank and I really like how it well it works, but it's such a pain in the rear to take apart, clean, and restart it.
So, I'm planning out a new 55 gallon setup and have a spare 10 gallon tank, so I figured I'd turn it into a sump, and build the filter directly into it. But I'd like some feedback before I start down this road.
The first chamber in the front corner in this view is where the water would come down from the overflow. It'd then go under that baffle to the right and go through a column of pre-filter media (something like this
). Then I'd have an inch or so of filter floss over that perforated platform, and bio-balls below it, for a wet/dry like filter. Then under the last baffle and into the return chamber where the return pump will live.
My goal is to have something that will work as well as my canister, but be much easier to do regular cleanings and media changes.
I welcome any and all thoughts, comments, and criticisms.