Freshwater sump + Eheim 600/2217s?

Dapper

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I'm downsizing to a 55 gallon. I found one with a built-in sump (TruVu brand) for a good price used. If I get that one, would it be a good idea or overkill to use 1-2 of my Eheim 600/2217 canister filters as well? I'm not familiar with how to use a built in sump for freshwater, so if anyone has any tips I'd love to hear.

I'm planning to have a ropefish plus a few peaceful community fish like medium sized gouramis, a peacock eel, etc, plus plants. I know overfiltration is always good but I also don't want everyone getting blown away by too much current, yanno?
 

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If that were me, I'd just see if the internal sump has enough space for your filtration and skip the canisters. I'm assuming the tank's sump basically runs across the back wall of the tank?
 
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Thanks for the reply! I accidentally made two accounts. This is the same user that posted the question.

Yes, the sump takes up most of the back wall. It came with bioballs, but would matrix or similar be better? And shouldn't there be a sponge of some kind in there too? I am woefully ignorant about sumps but trying to learn fast lol. I've included some pictures. It's so clean and shiny it's hard to photograph! Hopefully I'll get better pictures when the sun is up tomorrow.

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