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Sump to Canister Filter

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by sambo135, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. sambo135

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    Hey Guys,

    New to the forum, I'm looking at getting turtles in the future (once I get my tank setup).
    I've purchased (haven't received)a Reptile One Turtle ECO 120 tank(http://reptileone.com.au/products/housing/46189), which has an internal back sump, partitioned in 4 compartments (I believe).

    Now the question I wanted to ask is:
    Would I be able to have a mechanical filter layer in the first and maybe second compartment, followed by the the inlet of a canister filter (which I would hope to have one coarse foam, and then 3 layers of bio-balls or a biological media), which then pumps back into one of the compartments in the sump containing carbon (as the chemical filtration) and then heater and sump pump back into the front side of the tank?

    Or would another setup be more beneficial?

    I was hoping that by having most of the mechanical filter layers in the sump it would be easier to clean.

    Thanks Guys
     
  2. smoyle

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    Hey mate, I got the eco 120 when I started, and let me just say it's a terrible tank for a turtle setup. For example, the maximum water level is too far from the lighting to be useful, and the powerhead compartment isn't designed for sand substrate like you need in a turtle tank. Plus for a fraction of the cost you can have a better one (as I opted to do when I realised all the problems with the eco 120).

    Get yourself a custom tank (size depends on number and type of turtle) and a large canister filter, you won't regret it.
     
  3. sambo135

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    Ahh unfortunately its already been paid for.
    I was thinking about not using the built in dock (tying it down) and using a floating dock for the moment and in the future, an above tank basking area.
    'Working with what I've got.
     
  4. Aussiepride83

    Aussiepride83 Senior Turtle

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    Hi, can you not just request a refund??
     
  5. smoyle

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    Yeah, I'd HIGHLY recommend doing that. It really isn't just the dock, you'll just end up frustrated with it. Even if you just ask for an exchange towards a custom tank and canister filter rather than a refund. I'm just trying to save you all the headaches I had to deal with for a couple of months!
     
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  6. sambo135

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    Unfortunately I've gotten it posted as none of the larger tanks 4foot+ would fit in my car and for me to send it back would probably cost too much.
    I might have a look when I get the tank if it's possible to dismantle the sump area, floating I dock etc. and just run an external canister then. (have to see if it is doable when I get the tank).