3ft Sump Filter

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    Good Evening everyone. I have recently decided to go with a 3ft sump filter for my 4ft Live Bearer tank. I have no idea how to build one or what is needed.

    Can anyone assist with any advice or guidance?

    TIA.
     
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    Hi @Aryann94 ,

    Welcome to the forum

    Firstly, is your tank drilled and has it got an overflow for the sump?

    Are you buying a sump or you planning on building it yourself
     
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    Hello. My tank is not drilled as it is already fully set up and functional for the past year. I am planning to use a 3ft tank as a sump, which I will purchase or build myself. The part I am unsure of, is how many baffles do I need and also, how to get the water out of my tank into the sump. I was told I could use a HOB filter to do that and then use a submersible pump in the sump to get the water back into my tank, yet I am highly confused as the HOB's I've seen, don't seem to have a flow rate above 1200 liters per hour, whereas the Sobo Submersible pumps that I've seen have a flow rate of 2500 to 3000 liters per hour.
     
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    For me it was cheaper just to buy a 3 foot from my LFS (they cost around 600 rand) instad of building it, but look for pricing from a few stores in your area first :thumbup: you'll need 2 baffles at minimum to divide into 3 compartments (mechanical filtration first then biological filtration and lastly the pump) you can add as many as you want though. Other options one for a refuigium, one for heaters, one for chemical and second mechanical etc ;) for a 4 foot you'll need a 2000 lph return pump if you go larger you can just restrict it back with a ball valve :cool: for drainage you can get the tank drilled but as yours is set up already that won't work to well. I've never heard of using a HOB filter but you can use a HOB overflow box. (Like this https://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/threads/skimz-overflow-box.33174/)
     
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    Thank you. I will definitely research and keep this in mind.
     
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    Bought a 3ft sump from my LFS for R620 new about a month ago. Just to give you an idea on pricing
     
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    You got a good deal :thumbup:
     

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