Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More
DIY Aquarium Overhead Sump Filter

DIY Aquarium Overhead Sump Filter

Hi guys, Welcome back. In this video i’ll share my DIY project on how to build an overhead sump filter for the aquarium. By having a sump for an aquarium, you don’t have to drill an aquarium glass, you don’t have to spend money on buying an expensive overflow system or a powerful pump for the aquarium. I bought this container from Bunnings, it cost me 15 bucks and it’s meant to be for storing tools. But i will use it as a filter box, it has got various compartments which are separated by dividers that I can easily remove if i need to. Blue hose will be the inlet and it came with the power head pump which i bought on ebay for 19 bucks. And the black hose will be the outlet in this project. Tool required is an electric drill with a 16 and a 25 paddle bit for the inlet and outlet hose, but it’s always good to have them in different sizes. Drilling is complete and flexi hose fits perfectly. Now it’s time to assemble Aquarium power head with a flow rate of two thousand liters an hour. Testing is really important to prevent any sump overflow and after initial testing I decided to create another outlet for the purpose of evenly circulating the water through out the aquarium. Water from one outlet will be distributed at the surface level of the aquarium which will obviously create some disturbance and oxygenate the water. While the water from the other outlet will be distributed at the bottom level of the aquarium. I decided to use clear vinyl tubing as it doesn’t look that bad inside the aquarium and also I can see the water flow. Selleys glass silicone is aquarium safe, it provides excellent adhesion and forms a durable seal and it cures in 72 hours. I believe it cost just over 10 bucks but you can use any other silicone as long as it is aquarium safe. After successful testing of the sump, i have moved to the next step which is mechanical and biological filtration. For mechanical filtration, I decided to go with three different types of foams. Coarse, medium and really fine foam. So, the water when it passes through this mechanical filtration is as clean as possible. Biological filtration consists of two different types of bio media. One is H2 Pro glass noodle or ceramic noodles and the 2nd one is by Bio Bakki balls. Not sure if I pronounced it right but I saw it on eBay and it looked pretty porous to me so i placed an order. One kilo bag cost me 18 bucks, so it is pretty cheap. it is time to assemble the filter now, I’ll start with placing two layers of really fine foam at the bottom. Medium foam in the middle and coarse foam at the top. At this stage I’m only adding one kilo of bio media in the sump filter. So that’s 500 gram of ceramic noodles and 500 gram of bio bakki balls. I’m definitely adding another kilo of bio media into this filter and according to Pond Guru,l one kilo of bio media is required for a normally stocked 100 liter of fish tank. This tank is just or 200 liter and it will be normally stocked so will tryna keep three kilo of bio media in this filtration. I hope you have enjoyed watching this video, if you did so; then please give it a thumbs up. I’m working on some other cool projects that I’ll share with you in near future. So if you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet please subscribe now and also turn ON the notification. Thank you for watching …..

100 comments on “DIY Aquarium Overhead Sump Filter

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  2. Very good job i just did one myself but mine is going to be an aquaponic I'll be posting a vid this weekend ,,and new subscriber here thanks for sharing 👍👍💯

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  4. Wow ! This was a nice video ! Thanks alot for sharing ❤ I'm a new friend here , hope to stay connected

  5. Nice easy diy for the hobby… I am looking around for my upcoming project. You can check my channel, update will follow soon it…

  6. That's pretty cool thanks buddy I've had a look at some of your videos I like your channel so I got connected and hit that Bell😉👍🏻

  7. I hope you rinsed off the balls you put in there with all that dust I seen, I liked the idea about the tool box
    I think that's a great Idea, but the music could have stayed off, or went with something different.

  8. I also get almost all my fish needs from eBay….I love eBay and would recommend anyone looking for cheap Aquarium supplies to buy from eBay!!! This sump turned out awesome!!

  9. Thank you so much. I love your creativity and passion. I’m learning so much from you. Hope to set up my own soon. Much love from London 🇬🇧

  10. Very nice channel 👍 and good job 👌 thanks for your share 🌸i hope we can be good friends 💞

  11. You can make it even better by making it a 'dry' filter instead. Put a tube on top of the filter with many small holes spraying the water over the filter medium. Also drill many small holes in bottom of the box and let the water drip straight into the aquarium. In case of a power-out or a pump malfunction the filter drains completely, which prevents anaerobic conditions, so you do not risk dangerously toxic ammonia or nitrite levels when the pump restarts.

  12. Maybe you don't have a plumbing store where you live, there are far better ways to attach your lines to the sump box. They sell barbed fittings on one end and npt threads on the other. Use a rubber washer and nut on the inside then simply use a hose clamp to secure the hose. Fitting won't cost more than a couple bucks and seal much better than globs of Silicone. I would also change the sponges to vertical, it works best this way. You can also place heaters in there as well. Take care.

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  14. Hi sir good idea I will try one and we're can I get that power head can you please share me the link sorry I am asking this thanks once again

  15. Bunnings…Bucks…you must be Australian! what state? Im in Vic

    I bought a rectangular flower pot about a year ago from bunnings to build mine, got Ivy growing out of it that is stuffed into some lava rock. I think I bought that same powerhead last year too.

  16. I really need you help .I also have the same type of filter but I could not stop that small bubbles which goes to the tank..and ya I have lots of plants no Co2.. I still see small bubbles in the tank 😭😭

  17. Mine has holes at the back bottom, i put a tube up, so that water will over flow into those holes, down to the aquarium, creating bubbles

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