wana make a sump

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  1. SeaLevel

    SeaLevel Bristle Worm

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    I have a 75 gal tank, soon to be reef... I think a sump is in order. I can get my hands on a 40 gal tank, I was thinking of using that. too big? Should i use just a larg plastic bin? I was hoping somebody out there had some good vids, or blue prints to share.
    thanks guys & happy new year!
     
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  3. gt40425hp

    gt40425hp Feather Duster

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    bigger the better but if your puting it in the stand a 40 may be a problem . get the biggest you can but make shure it will fit and have enough room to house all your equipment
     
  4. SeaLevel

    SeaLevel Bristle Worm

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    i dont like the way my stand is built... im afraid to build the sump under my tank. prolly guna build it next to my tank.
     
  5. rc_mcwaters3

    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    im setting up a 75 and am going to use a 55 gallon its thinner and still hold enough water for my current equipment. this sight has alot of helpful posts about building a sump, my only segustion is that if you run a protein skimmer and build a fuge is that you make the return in the middle IMO
     
  6. damon

    damon Sea Dragon

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    you got to think about what you are going to be running in your fuge to decide how much flow you want in it (cheto needs a little more flow some times). Most people run more flow through their sump and less through their fuge (I know more or less is pretty vague statement). I personally am making my sump/fuge biger (10gskimmer section, 15 return/top off section, 40g fuge on 90g of DT) so that I might be able to use it if I wanted to for the next round of tanks::). I think your stoked if you can do a 33% fuge.
     
  7. jonjonwells

    jonjonwells Great Blue Whale

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    This is one design that I threw together. I ran something very close in a 30 Long.

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  9. BradSander

    BradSander Astrea Snail

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    just get a $10 plastic sump from home depot/wal-mart......here's what i did....
     

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  10. rc_mcwaters3

    rc_mcwaters3 Clown Trigger

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    I like except move the return to the middle and use the left side as a fuge and that would be better IMO.
     
  11. mulder32

    mulder32 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I have a 30g with a 10g sump/fuge in the stand. It's a little on the small size to do three compartments, but it works fairly well. I like the idea of plastic tub from walmart but then I wouldn't have been able to build a baffle for bubbles. If I could section off a plastic tub like I did the 10g I probably would have gone that route because you have more size options.
     
  12. trijam

    trijam Coral Banded Shrimp

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    here is my 20g long before I hooked it up to my 45 tall. The returns in the middle with the overflow from the DT t'd off with a gate valve to the fuge to adjust flow. ;)
     

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