03-31-2006, 09:30 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Thanks for the comments guys...
Last night I was in the mood, so, I ripped out the tower, drained the sump and pulled it. My wife freaked knowing that once I start removing things it usually gets expensive. So I decided, for the time being, to remove the tower (it was basically mounted above the sump waterline) and cut some acrylic to make another divider in the sump giving me about a 12"x12"x8" intake area that I filled with the bioballs. Ya, I know, I really need to get rid of them, but I bought them in the old days and they cost me a fortune. I made an input box from my overflow below the waterline in the sump and also made the waterline above the balls.
I removed the secondary pump that I had running the reactor and just hooked the reactor inline on the return. Got it all plumbed back in this evening and all seems to be running well. Much quieter! It seems to be taking on more CO2 as well, which was one of the primary goals too. I couldn't seem to get it to hold more then about 6-7 ppm. Even moved my probe to the sump as well.
Anyway... in the next month (my birthday is in April, *snicker*) I plan to pickup an XP3, or a Fluval (not sure the number, 404?) and a Hydor inline to replace the sump. It is going to suck working out of the tank for things, but that's life; I'll get used to it. However, it'll be nice to have a quarenteen tank, or well, that's what it'll be initially, you know how that goes.
I also need to figure a way to get my RO/DI live for top-offs without a sump. Perhaps I will look into a 10gal tank for a sump to dose in, top-off, and for monitoring, we'll see what happens. I just don't like the idea of running multiple systems.
Anyway.. thanks again guys! I think we are certainly all in agreement as to what will work best in the long run.