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Sump Filter Media

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by jonathan11, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. jonathan11

    jonathan11 Lifetime Charter Member
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    I'll refresh-I'm setting up (hopefully in my lifetime!) a fw discus 180, that has a 55 gallon sump, which is basically divided into 3rds-fill, media, and pump compartments. My question is-what would be a good bio media to use in the middle chamber, and approximately how much media should there be in it? Thx in advance.:D
     
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    Do a search for "sump" on the Barr Report. You should find two diagrams by Tom. Only thing used is a filter sock and foam block. What ever you choose, make sure it is easy to clean.

    Good luck, Chris
     
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    I know some people use lava rocks as a cheap DIY filter medium alternative. Because of lava rocks porous structure they provide plenty of surface area for beneficial bacteria to start colonizing taking care of your tanks bio-filtration.
     
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    You might also consider polyester fiber. About $2.00 will buy at least a year's supply.

    Bill
     
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    I agree with Bill on the floss over Lava rock.
    Remember to use something that is easy to clean. The main reasons for a sump are for bio-filtration, equipment, evaporation and skimming.
    I also use a micron bag to catch the fine stuff on the inlet.

    Good Luck, Chris
     
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