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I have a sump that is 48"x12"x12".
I have been using it for YEARS and have always used it this way because ....... that's just the way i've always done it.
Anyhow, I'm working on other parts of the aquarium and am trying to fugure out if there is a better way to arrange or modify the sump ........ or keep doing it the way I have been.

Water comes in,,,, I have some filter material on the drip tray,, it drips onto the bioball NOT in water,,, through a grate and into the box with the submereged bioballs. (A LOT of poo is collected here),,,, under that wall,,,, over the next,,, through some more filter media,,, and into the return tank.



I considered removing the top part of the bioball chamber and drip pan so I could pipe the water down into thte sump and eliminate some noise but that just routed the water past all the filtration and was an epic fail.



SO... Would you add walls and change the arrangement of the filtration ?
Just add or beef up filtration ?

Which part am I overthinking ?

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I'm THINKING about taking the top layer of bioballs (not submerged) out and adding a layer of filter media

thoughts ?
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Prefilter on top of the drip tray. Drip over the bio balls in a dry chamber, do not use bio balls for submerged media, much better media out there for that. Make all of your bio balls dry media as they were designed for
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Here is what i've changed to so far.
Still open to other ideas.

I had various filter media so I added a few layers above the bioballs.

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Here is what i've changed to so far.
Still open to other ideas.

I had various filter media so I added a few layers above the bioballs.

You could just do the whole chamber filled with a huge square sponge, and/or adding 2 or 3 of them sponges, (removing the bioballs) somewhat like the Aquaclear design, this would give you crystal clear waters and same biological benefits at the same time. I'm putting in consideration that because of the design of the sump that your not getting the max out of your bioballs.
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I think the answer was obvious but I overlooked it for years.
I think this may be the setup I will settle with and should have had all this time.

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Now you are cooking with gas
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I think the answer was obvious but I overlooked it for years.
I think this may be the setup I will settle with and should have had all this time.

That's it! Nice job.
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You are going to love that last design.
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I only had it set up "wrong" for about 10 YEARS !!

Once I really thought about it, it made sense and seemed so simple.

I even went back and connected the bioballs together to fit them in there perfect and make them look "organized"
Don't ask what made me do it other than it was like playing with Legos
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