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AQUATLANTIS presents the FW SUMP, specially designed for the new AQUAVIEW freshwater aquarium range. Watch the video and get to know the advantages of this excellence technical product, to enjoy the fullness of a freshwater aquarium.
This is a DIY sump filtration system for freshwater as well as marine aquariums,this type of filter can handle large amounts of bio loads,can be easily built by ...
Traditionally, sump filters were used on saltwater tanks where good water quality is essential. Nowadays as tanks get bigger and people start keeping much larger fish, sumps are being used more and more on freshwater aquariums because of the superb efficient filtration they offer.Traditionally, sump filters were used on saltwater tanks where good water quality is essential. Nowadays as tanks get bigger and people start keeping much larger fish, sumps are being used more and more on freshwater aquariums because of the superb efficient filtration they offer.So my 55 Gallon Malawi tank was getting a little crowded from me buying too many fish. I knew crowding was a good thing with african cichlids but I got just a little too many lol. Anyways, of course my nitrates started getting out of control - even up to 80 ppm at times. It had me doing water changes every 3 or 4 days because i like to keep my water parameters as perfect as possible. My fish were always happy and healthy but i needed another solution until i get a larger tank because who wants to part with any of their beloved fish? Well i dont. So i got the idea of a sump because i knew of them from having saltwater setups. I had never owned one before but had always wanted one. I didnt even know if they worked the same for freshwater or even at all but i did some googling and found alot of info. I mainly wanted the added water volume and extra filtration never hurt. I ended up making my own to save some money, and i did just that. Probably payed 10% of what i would have buying one. I just used a 20 gal long aquarium from petsmart and some acrylic from a local plastic store and with some help from google i made a nice overflow box and pretty much just a custom sump. Then whadaya know - after a week or so my nitrates were hovering around 20 ppm and hardly rising, maybe 10 ppm a week which is awesome compared to before the sump. I incorporated a refrigerium type chamber in the sump itself with some fast growing submerged plants and a few ghost shrimp for a little life in there. So the water comes through the overflow down to the first small chamber where i now have my heater, then through some baffles with some filter pad and fiber(cleaned often), over into the refrigerium chamber then over to a wet/dry chamber with 2.5 gal of bioballs and some sechem matrix, then finally over another small baffle thingy to the return pump. Pump is rated for 400gph i believe but with the head hight its probably 300 or less. Either way this sump has made my life so much easier and i think its mainly the plants eating up the nitrates. unless the seachem martrix does what it claims and reduces nitrate, at an astounding rate at that, but i doubt that. The plants grow super fast constantly too. Just thought i'd share my experience and some pictures! Give me some input. I have a large 150-gallon freshwater aquarium. I know that sumps are popular in the marine aquarium hobby, but are they needed for freshwater aquariums? Janet Huebner Wash.