Best way to Set up the filtration for 300 gallon tank?

Coltact

Hey Guys! I'm still new here, so I apologize if this isn't the right forum to post this question--if it isn't, can someone point me to the right forum?

An amazing opportunity arose for me to get my hands on a 300 gallon tank! I'm picking it up tomorrow with about 8 friends!

Filtration that's coming with the 300 gallon: a 90 gallon sump system, 2 FX6 Canister filters (I think the seller mentioned he was originally not planning on making use of the Sump System?)

The Sump system has an intake at the back left corner, and the outtake at the back right corner--would I need a power head in the tank to avoid dead spots?

Will I need the canister filters if I'm utilizing the 90 gallon sump? I imagine that'd be a bit overkill, wouldn't it? If I should still use the canister filters, where should I put their intakes and outtakes?

My other tank (a 125 gallon) came with a single FX6 Canister filter that's been performing swimmingly, so I haven't really looked into sumps all that much as it wasn't really an option or necessity with the opportunity that came with the 125gal--can anyone point me to a really good resource to research sumps and the best way to set them up? (Any important tips to bear in mind as well that may seem obvious to an experienced aquarist?)

If anyone's curious as to how I plan on stocking it: I'll be moving my three bala sharks and getting an additional two to round out a nice school of five Bala Sharks, two oscar fish, one fire eel, and one bichir!
 

Cherryshrimp420

What kind of overflow does the 300 gallon have? I'd say sump is always better but the overflow can get clogged easily. So a sump system isn't something I can just ignore for a few months...I'd have to keep an eye on it from time to time
 
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Patman0519

D.i.y
Gutter channel drain from home depot
Light diffuser
Some hose and bulk heads.
Make the filter as long as the tank and cram it with ceramic medias and plants.
 
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Coltact

What kind of overflow does the 300 gallon have? I'd say sump is always better but the overflow can get clogged easily. So a sump system isn't something I can just ignore for a few months...I'd have to keep an eye on it from time to time
Uhhm--I'm not entirely well versed with the types of overflows, honestly; I know there's three general types? but I've just watched a couple videos recently as I wasn't originally planning on utilizing a sump, Essentially: it has the bulkheads on the bottom of the tank, one in the back left, one in the back right, and panels around them both (weirs?) I'll be taking a closer look once I get it to my house tomorrow and may be able to say which after doing more research--thanks for the tip about clogging though! I didn't think about that--will definitely be at the forefront of my mind now!
D.i.y
Gutter channel drain from home depot
Light diffuser
Some hose and bulk heads.
Make the filter as long as the tank and cram it with ceramic medias and plants.

It's coming with a 90 gallon sump! No need for a D.I.Y.! But I'll definitely keep this in mind if I ever want to install a sump on another tank!
 
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Cherryshrimp420

Uhhm--I'm not entirely well versed with the types of overflows, honestly; I know there's three general types? but I've just watched a couple videos recently as I wasn't originally planning on utilizing a sump, Essentially: it has the bulkheads on the bottom of the tank, one in the back left, one in the back right, and panels around them both (weirs?) I'll be taking a closer look once I get it to my house tomorrow and may be able to say which after doing more research--thanks for the tip about clogging though! I didn't think about that--will definitely be at the forefront of my mind now!


It's coming with a 90 gallon sump! No need for a D.I.Y.! But I'll definitely keep this in mind if I ever want to install a sump on another tank!

Ah those get clogged easily if doing a planted tank. But for non-planted tank with larger fish they are fine
 
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