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Hi, this is my first post and first up I just wanted to say how great it is to find such a high quality Australian cichlid forum!! I was reading one based in the US up until now thinking that was as good as it gets!

Anyway, to the point now... I've recently bought a 200L tank and have been debating whether to build a sump or just buy a canister filter. I guess the main thing for me is cost, if I can save a significant amount of money building a sump with an overflow, then I figure it would be worth it - plus I have the advantages of a sump.

But it seems that a decent canister filter (e.g. eheim) isn't much more expensive than a decent water pump + materials for a sump and overflow.

Is this right or am I just looking in the wrong places?

More specifically, can anyone suggest good places to buy filters/pumps etc at reasonable prices in Sydney? (or online maybe?).

Sorry about the long post, thanks in advance for any feedback!!

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