Best sump design with refugium

Discussion in 'Refugium' started by alexander, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. alexander

    alexander Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I just set up my 112G and now I'm trying to figure out how I want to partition off the sump.

    The sump is a 40 gallon custom acrylic tank (48Lx12Wx16H).
    Should I go with 4 chambers all equal in size? Should I make only 1 bubble trap right before the return chamber?

    Any opinions/advice is greatly appreciated.

    PS what submersible return pump would you recommend?
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  3. NASAGeek

    NASAGeek Torch Coral

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    Just a question. Why 4 chambers and why equal size??

    I have a refuge section, a pump section and a skimmer section. What is the fourth for?? I made the skimmer section just large enough for the skimmer. The pump section slightly larger than necessary for the pump ( a few inches more width) and the rest for refuge.

    Now, I have no experience in this. I am still setting it up. I am questioning to learn myself, not doubt your deisgn thoughts.

    Mark
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    NASAGeek Torch Coral

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    Thanks Mike... proof learning can happen... even in managers... :)

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  9. alexander

    alexander Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Thanks for all the replies. K+
    I think I'm going to go with McDonalds design, so I can get a slower flow rate through my refugium.

    That webpage with all the sump info is a big help, thanks a lot!
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    If I get some time tomorrow, I'll post some pics of the as-built.

    Good luck, credit for the design goes to the 3reef community. I got A LOT of help getting there.

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