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    New to sumps help and advice welcome

    I have my tank at only 2x turnover. I installed a gate valve on my overflow drain so I could match my return pump speed. That made the tank dead silent. I have two line lock outlets that are a couple inches below the water surface, pointed up that help give a little surface agitation. Water to...
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    New to sumps help and advice welcome

    I filled mine with as much filter sponge that I could. I use 20ppi from swiss tropical. Even in the small channel between the first and second section. I have my heater in the first section. Or you could even fill it with plastic pot scrubbers. I have a large canister filter on another tank that...
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    I don't have a preference. My friend I got the used tank from had some of the blue/white polyfiber to go with it, so I have been replacing it with the same. I rinse it out and reuse it, but I can only reuse it a couple times before it gets too thin to use anymore. That's the only reason I was...
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    The blue tray hold mech filtration. Right now it is holding filter floss, but I'm thinking of switching to a sponge. I think a sponge may be easier to reuse over and over when it needs to be cleaned. There is plenty of room there so I may use both sponge and floss so I can have the floss to...
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    Definitely would have gone with gate valves for the drain pipe and the pipe that runs back into the sump (the lower pipe coming from the pump). It takes forever to match the flow rate with the drain rate using ball valves. I would leave a ball valve on the pipe going back into the tank though...
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    Thanks, It was difficult for me to make the design simple. I have a gift for making things more complicated than they need be. I'm happy how it turned out and it works how I need it to. I wish I had learned about clear pvc primer before I started. The bright purple primer that I used is just...
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    Here is a pic looking down into the overflow, I believe it's an aqueon overflow after looking at google. And here is the sump
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    I really, really like the sump. I have an engineering demon in me and this project put it in full force. It was actually fun to design the hard plumbing of it, instead of having flex hoses. It uses a 12x14 piece of physical filter that drips into a mass of bio ball suspended in air. I have...
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    If anybody wants to see a video of the pearl gourami I got here's a link to a video I put on youtube to share with friends. The way they use their feelers freaked me out at first but now I think it's kinda cool.
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    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Timbobby

    I just joined and am here to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Timbobby and I'm 42 years old and from Knoxville, TN. I have thought about getting an aquarium since I was 25. My girlfriend at the time and I had odd pets. Tarantulas, scorpions, iguanas, chameleons. I read through books I...
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    I feel like I am failing miserably...

    Like you I just started my first tank, but at the beginning of December. I got a good headstart though. I have a brother that has been keeping a small 10 gallon tank successfully for over 10 years. He keeps his lightly stocked and does a 50% water change every 6 weeks. Most people would say...
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