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01-22-2003, 11:14 PM
Is it worth setting up a sump system for a fresh water set up??

01-23-2003, 09:01 AM
you can get the same effect with Fluval or Ehiem (although Ehiem will bust your pocket book) cannister filters. Other than that the real benefit to a sump is in adding chemicals/meds/whatever to a saltwater tank. You can add stuff directly to the sump and it all gets gradually pumped out into the aquarium. There are tons of additives that you need for a reef/salt water setup (I had one for years and at times it can all be a pain the ass) but for freshwater, you really don't need this type of accessibility. It's up to you, a sump will work, but no better than some of the cannister filters on the market.


01-23-2003, 03:35 PM
The real advantage with a sump in a freshwater tank is the ability to put your heaters in the sump, rather than in the tank itself. This is of particular use when you have large, aggressive cichlids that are prone to breaking heaters. Sumps are also more practical for filtering large tanks, say in excess of 200 gallons. Otherwise, you must have multiple power filters and cannister filters to achieve the desired level of filtration.

01-26-2003, 12:46 AM
Another big seller on the sump is the added water volume to your system.

The more water you have the better....no matter what kind of critters your keeping.