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Sump filter on 8ft tank freshwater DIY

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Published on Jul 30, 2010

I have been asked many times to show this on You Tube, so here it is.
This is the 5ft sump filtration set up I made into my 8ft tank. I built in an over flow weir and built in pre filters which are leaf gutter guards, you see how easy they are to change using one hand. From there it flows down through two blue course filter pads before entering the durso pipe, then down under the tank into the sump. With the two pre filters doing a great job of fine partial removal I do nothing to the sump media for 6-8 months, then its just squeezing out the first couple of sponges (if needed). It really is just about maintenance free besides the white filter pads which I change every four weeks.
Lately I have been building in tank sump set ups and have 4 different ones operating at the moment. But the 5ft sump under the 8ft has worked a treat for over 2 years now. The first year I used over 400 black bio balls in the sump, but with great results in other filter set ups I have I changed to different types of course sponges in my sump, besides the one row of blue bio balls you see.
My water tests show a great improvement in the length of time the same levels of toxic build up takes.
I must make clear that this is on a freshwater community tank set up and a marine set up would definitely have different requirements.
Any questions or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry I didn't talk and explain through the video, I had two noisy kids in the background.

Please view my updated video where I do talk you through the media used @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_1udi...

Please visit my channel to view more aquariums and fish at http://www.youtube.com/user/9364peter...

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