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This is to filter a 40 gallon long . Since I'm getting a chiller for this and will need a water pump anyway I'm thinking of using a 10 gallon tank as a filter.The 10 will be under the 40 and I have questions about safety during a power failure,filter media (sand ?) as well as the practicality of the idea as a whole. This may even be overkill for a lightly stocked 40. Could anyone recommend a good book on the subject ? or I'd love to hear your ideas as well.
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If you are dead set on using a sump filter the Interpet manual of tank busters ISBN 0861014731 has an excellent chapter on custom filtration systems. Personally I would say it's overkill for salamanders and making it escape proof would be tricky. I run a Eheim ecco pro external cannister filter and reeflex uv steriliser on my 35 gallon tank and the water is always crystal clear. For small aquatic newts many people don't run a filter at all and rely on lots and lots of live plants to maintain water quality, but larger species like Axolotls really need a filter of some sort in my opinion. Hope this helps!

Edit: Most ways of installing a sump filter require the main aquarium to be drilled for the gravity feed to the sump so this is something else to think about.
 

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Oh' no I'm not dead set on anything yet. The only equipment I have is the tank and the chiller. I would like to keep the amount of equipment in the tank to a minimum but whatever it takes to do it right. The chiller is the coralife 1/10 hp model It hasn't arrived yet but it should be here any day. I understand lighting isn't so important to newts so I'm going with a cheaper LED setup.I have ton's of slate in my yard I'll use for rocks but I'll probably end up buying a couple of nice pieces of driftwood. Substrate will be pool filter sand.My well water has a ph of about 7.5 and the water is quite hard. I refuse to alter the water chemistry.I'll pick a newt that likes my water chem although I don't believe this will be an issue.
 
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