Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:19 PM
Number a) how much air power to gallons do I need to effectively run sponge filters? Does it vary based on the filter itself? I was planning on using the cheapo's from eBay, I run several in my tanks now and have been pretty pleased, but I might just diy some if I can find some decent priced sponge.
Point 2) I want to do a centralized sump filter, and I have read three times tank size per hour is a good flow rate. Would this hold true for multitanks? I am thinking maybe 16-20 tanks, most likely consisting of sterilites. Is it a good idea to run centralized filter and sponges, or overkill, or maybe self defeating somehow?
As you can tell, I am in the pre-preliminary planning stages, haha. Got a little one who is just about ready to meet the world, so I am kinda feeling out the cost right now.
Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:00 AM
Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:12 AM
And is your name Devon?
Posted 20 August 2011 - 01:58 PM
Devon is a tribute to the best trail horse I ever owned.. my real name is Donald
I use small valves screwd into my 1 inch pvc feed line that runs across top of fish room.. right now have 3 of them wide open bleeding air off
Posted 21 August 2011 - 10:54 AM
Jim Graham has a great set up. This link shows his fish house in progress. http://www.motorcity...fish_house.html I will have to venture over and take some pictures of the finished room as I don’t see any online. It is very impressive and he has taken time to think about everything.
Jim has a central air system. Each tank has a wall type sponge filter on it. He also has each tank plumbed with an overflow. The last piece is every tank is plumbed so that he can do a central water change. When new water is added to a tank the overflow allows the water to drain away.
With this type of a set up there is no contamination, you can use sponge filters and water changes are easy.
Most people with fish rooms find that heating the room is easier and cheaper than heating each individual tank.
I hope this helps.
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