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  1. Sump filter media? Designs? Best to use?

    Just wondering what people considered to be the best filter media for a FW sump/wet/dry filter?

    Bioballs? K1? Etc?

    Let me know what you use or recommend?

    Planning on setting up my first overflow/sump system and need some advice.

    Also after some sump design ideas? How to compartment the sump, etc.

    Last edited by isfrael; 08-04-2012 at 01:27 PM.

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    Ft Lauderdale FL
    You know I went through this recently. So two years ago I thought I would build my own sump using a 55 gal tank. Twin sock filters with a 30 g sump area. Bio balls. It worked ok. The sock filters kept clogging up. Couldn't polish the water. A month ago the acrylic partitions separated from the silicone and I decided to buy an eshopps regular wet dry.
    I used my bio balls from the current sump and used CPR bio bale. We use bio bale at store and we love it because it has a greater bio area and it is easy to clean. You grab whole gallons at a time and swish it in a bucket of ro water. Instead of hundreds little balls rolling all over the place.

    So the wet dry comes with pads but I used a foam pad from cobalt that I can cut to size for the drip tray. It is washable at it does not clog like the normal pads. In the pump area I use several sponge blocks. They trap a lot of debris.

    This whole setup is much easier to maintain. Even though I loSt 20 gals of sump/water volume it was well worth it.

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