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Old 01-22-2017, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Poret Foam in Sump

I'm thinking of setting up my Aqueon Proflex 4 sump with Poret foam. It's the foam used mainly for matten filters. I'm wondering if anyone has used this foam in their sumps before. Did it offer the low maintenance that's supposed to be offered by matten filters?

I'm thinking of using 6" worth of total foam in 10, 20, 30 ppi to support a 112G planted tank. Is that enough or too much?

Lastly I'm looking for input on which size to get. My sump cross section is 13 3/8" wide by 12 1/2" high (with open space above). Ideally I'd like to get the 13x13 sheets but then I would have a gap. I thought of filling that gap with a 1" think sheet of foam but I'm not sure if doing that would allow the foam to hold itself in place like a single sheet.

Any other input anyone has about this kind of setup or possibly a better and/or cheaper setup which reduces maintenance is highly appreciated.

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Default Re: Poret Foam in Sump

Have it in my sump on my 180 and love it. Tank isn't stocked yet, just plants, so I can't answer on that, but I don't see why it would be any different than the two end tank matten filters I have set up in my 40 g. I take them out, beat them against the wall, and rinse them off about once every 6 months (lightly stocked tanks).

Are those inside the glass measurements? If so you might have to size up, The other option might be to put in glass strips on either side to hole the foam in place in the sump (like you would for a corner matten filter).

I have to say though, I'd get the larger foam and cut it to size, as there is a nearly endless use for the left over pieces of foam. Worst case, you can cut it into squares and throw it in the sump as extra bio material. Cutting is very easy with a bread knife (serrated).
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