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Jul 22, 2012 - What is a fish tank sump and how does it help filter my home aquarium
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If your aquaponics system adopts a “CHOP”, “CHOP2” (Constant Height One Pump) and CHIFTPIST (Constant Height In Fish Tank Pump In Sump Tank) design, then it needs a sump tank, which provides an area for excess liquid to drain into. The size of your sump tank will depend on how many and how large your grow beds are. which automatically means you locate the pump(s) either in the fish tank or in the growbed(s), NOT in the nonexistent sump.
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Most aquariums are closed systems. In a closed system, there is noplace for water to leak out. , ,and are all closedsystems. Water is taken out of the fish tank through a tube, pumpedthrough the sterilizer or filter, and returned to a point inside thetank. This is called a closed system because there isn't any pointalong the water's path where it is not controlled andcontained. Closed systems do not need a sump.Fitting a sump to an existing aquarium is probably the most complicated part of installing it. In order to fit all the pipework that allows the water to flow between the aquarium and sump, you may have to drill some holes in the main aquarium. Obviously, you don't want to start drilling holes in an aquarium that already has all the fish in it. Therefore the tank really should be prepared for a sump before any fish are added.Unlike traditional filters like canisters that use a pump to remove water from the aquarium, a sump filter relies purely on gravity. In order for the water to drain from the main tank, you use a device called an overflow box. The overflow box is connected just inside the aquarium and acts very much the same as a weir. When the water level reaches the lip of the overflow box it will start flowing into this isolated box. Located inside the overflow box will be an outlet in which the water will flow through down to the sump. There are various ways to fit the overflow box to an aquarium. You can get overflow boxes which straddle the tank. The advantage with these type is there is no need to drill any holes in your aquarium. Some people prefer to drill a hole in the tank and attach the pipework in which the water will flow out of. My preferred method is to have the overflow box built into the aquarium. My 300-gallon aquarium has got two overflow boxes located at each end of the aquarium. The diagram below shows you the layout of how my overflow boxes are built into my aquarium.There is nothing written in stone that states what the minimum size aquarium a sump filter should be installed on. However, you should ask yourself whether it's worth all the hassle installing a sump filter on an aquarium that can only hold a few fish. One of the main reasons we use sump filters is because they are able to accommodate a lot of media. They also enable you to add some extra water to the system. But remember that the fish will be living in the main tank and this will obviously restrict you to how many fish you can have. So there's little point in packing in loads of filtration if you can only house a small number of fish.I've had three sizeable aquariums in the last 15 years. The first was 75 gallons, then I got myself a 125 gallon, then in 2007, I had a 300-gallon custom made aquarium made for me. I wouldn't have even contemplated installing a sump on the 75 or 125 gallons, canister filters provided more than enough filtration on these two aquariums. However, the 300 gallon was a different ball game altogether. In order for me to have filtered this properly with canister filters, I would have needed at least two very large canister filters. I decided that a much cheaper option would be to have the tank designed to take a sump filter. If I remember rightly, the sump actually costs £40 to manufacture. Obviously, you can add a bit more money on for the pumps and media, but it would have still been a lot cheaper than paying £350 for each canister filter.Fitting a sump to an existing aquarium is probably the most complicated part of installing it. In order to fit all the pipework that allows the water to flow between the aquarium and sump, you may have to drill some holes in the main aquarium. Obviously, you don't want to start drilling holes in an aquarium that already has all the fish in it. Therefore the tank really should be prepared for a sump before any fish are added.Unlike traditional filters like canisters that use a pump to remove water from the aquarium, a sump filter relies purely on gravity. In order for the water to drain from the main tank, you use a device called an overflow box. The overflow box is connected just inside the aquarium and acts very much the same as a weir. When the water level reaches the lip of the overflow box it will start flowing into this isolated box. Located inside the overflow box will be an outlet in which the water will flow through down to the sump. There are various ways to fit the overflow box to an aquarium. You can get overflow boxes which straddle the tank. The advantage with these type is there is no need to drill any holes in your aquarium. Some people prefer to drill a hole in the tank and attach the pipework in which the water will flow out of. My preferred method is to have the overflow box built into the aquarium. My 300-gallon aquarium has got two overflow boxes located at each end of the aquarium. The diagram below shows you the layout of how my overflow boxes are built into my aquarium.