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Jester10 11-08-2012 02:51 PM

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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evanlundberg4 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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beaslbob 11-08-2012 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jester10 (Post 1303077)
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

Reefing Madness 11-08-2012 05:42 PM

Gotta agree with Bob. Not a good idea forthe reasons he's posted.

Jester10 11-08-2012 11:30 PM

I was just curious curious wasn't sure if this was a viable option or not. Just trying some ideas.


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