I'm planning on putting together my own sump w/refg. This is my first step to upgrading my tank and eventually upgrade lighting to keep some more exotic coral.
Here's what I'm working with now,
95 gallon corner bow tank with overflow.
Overflow already has a stand pipe.
Underneath I have a ~10 gallon wet/dry filter with charcoal bags, UV sterilizer and an external pump (dont know the brand).
Here are my plans:
I have a friend that said if I bought him a little 5.5 gallon tank for his two fw fish he would give me his 20 gallon tank to be used for the sump. I plan on trying the removable baffles like seahorsewhisperer. I like the idea of being able to move the baffles if need be.
Heres what else I'm planning on buying:
- Coralife Super Skimmer-125 gallon - $126 from http://www.drsfostersmith.com/
- 2 bags of sand for refg. - not yet priced
- submersible pump ~ 500 gph (any suggestions to a good brand that is quiet and won't break the bank?)
I currently have an older external pump that is coming to the end of its life and might as well replace the pump while i'm at it.
I also plan on replacing the overflow hose that goes to the sump, and the return hose as I won't need the UV sterilizer and I could probably use a new one anyways. Would I need any special fittings or such?
Any other suggestions before I embark? Specifically on any gotchas while constructing the baffles for the sump? I've found a couple of plans and the guide that was linked from the other removable baffles thread.