filter or sump

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  1. aminyassien

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    hi guys,

    hope every thing is ok

    iam setting up a fish only tank .(200 ltr)

    Do i use filter or sump

    i have a filter 3200 ltr/hr with uv include can i use it or should i use sump ????

    thanks in advance
     
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    With fish only, you could use either. If you go the sump route, then a bioball chamber will be vital.

    Sump can give you advantage of having a DSB, which will not only biologically filter the water but will "feed" your fish once a established.
     
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    I personally like a sump from a maintenance point of view and aesthetics. It;s easier to clean than taking a canister filter apart and you can put all your heaters, skimmer and top ups out of sight.
     
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    I too, would personally say, I prefer a sump. Else you have filters and stuff inside the tank (ok - not if you use a hang-on back filter, or a canister filter).

    BUT - with a sump, and with a DSB, you could have your nutrient levels as low as possible.

    Why have your fish "suffer" with higher nutrients, just because they can adapt to it?

    Rather get a sump in the beginning, then, later-on, when you WANT to add corals (believe me - every marine aquarist aspires to start keeping corals at some stage or another) - it would not be such a disruption to your tank, when you want to start adding a sump.

    But, in the end, it is your choice.

    Good luck - I hope that you can make the right decision, for your situation.
     
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    Hi Aminyassien

    I would go with a sump, thrust me you will aways want to upgrade and with a sump this will make it easy to do so. It will also save you money in the long run.
     
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    When I started I also used a canister filter. I found that my levels were never constant and I had regular spikes. The canister filer requires constant cleaning as it can/will become a nitrate bomb. I too would recommend a Sump. It adds to your water volume which helps with the parameters of your tank.
     
  8. aminyassien

    aminyassien Thread Starter

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    thank you very much

    actually sump is practical from all ways money health and food

    my problem with the sump is that it will be about 90 litres only cause iam limited with a certin space down the tank table

    will this small sump will be enough for the 200 ltr tank

    i already have the over flow and the bumb as well as thge filter

    please advise

    Amin
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Amin - no problems with a 90 litre sump man. 90 litres is FAR better, and a LOT more water, than a canister filter would ever be able to give you. So - YES. It is enough for a 200 litre tank (for now) ;)
     
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    aminyassien Thread Starter

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    thanks a lot jacquesb
    appreciated

    can help me in sump

    it will be 80*25*30hight
    please advise
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Best would be to have 3 compartments in the sump, the 1st compartment for the overflow from you tank, possibly where you can put a skimmer in at a later stage. The 2nd chamber must be your biggest chamber - this would be where you DSB (deep sand bed) comes. The partitions of the chamber can be around 20cm high, where you DSB will be +-12cm deep - with the rest left for the water to flow over....
    The 3rd and last chamber, will be where your return pump sits.....
     
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    great great great

    thanks for your help and sorry for disturb
     
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    Anytime Amin - and no disturbance at all! Just us updated, hey! ;)
     
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