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    Fish Dad - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Sump Designs- Ideas

    Sump Help- let me see your sumps
    I have 55 gallon tank I’m going to be setting up.
    Looking for suggestions on sump design. Who's got pictures?
    I have thought about buying a 20 gallon long but thinking it too shallow and will have issues
    So think about a 30 gallon to get 16” depth.
    Last edited by Fish Dad; 07-03-2011 at 12:01 AM.

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    Default my sumps

    I have 2 sumps and there both different. One is in a tub, 17"x26" by 12" deep. The return pump and skimmer are on one side. I have about 4" of live rock on about 1/2 of it. the various algae grows and clings to the liverock. for lighting i am using a 45 watt 6500k photographers bulb in a cheep hardware store reflector. This is on a 50gal breeder with a 3" substrate over a screened egg crate to make a low oxegen zone. Its simple an works.
    The other one is a 55gal under a 90gal tank. I have 12 layers of fiberglass screen (for a low oxegen zone) covering the bottom,with a 1/2" of substrate over that. I have a "critter home" under the return pump. Its a box with 1/4" mesh screen pieces, various size lengths and diameters of plastic tubing and pvc. there are 2, 1/4" mesh dividers about 3" apart filled to the top with ruble to keep the algae away from the pump and spread out the return flow. Lighting is a 150 watt,14k mh. This one has been set up for 1 day.

    If you have all the zones it will work.

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    Fish Dad - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Wow that second sump sounds crazy


    I'm looking at using a 20 or 30 gallon

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    bluwc - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish Dad View Post
    Wow that second sump sounds crazy


    I'm looking at using a 20 or 30 gallon
    You can come look at my 20g, im only about 15mins from you. I'd change it a little bit though....but would give you an idea

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    I have a power point I made for someone around somewhere if you want it I'll send it to you.PM me an e-mail and I'll send it out

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    Fish Dad - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I'm ready to get this thing started, if I go with 20 long I can keep current stand. If I go with 30, I need more Height so I will Build a new stand.
    20 long would be perfect but still afraid not enough depth? 12" total (some of the skimmer asking for 8- 9.5")

    20 Reg doesn't l leave me enough room for all the compartments.

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    You definitely want room for a power outage for the overflow volume. They always say the bigger the better. So are you going with the 30?
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    The key to not overflowing the sump is to make sure it isn't full so that wen you lose power the overflow doesn't overfill you tank. I don't have a problem when I lose power, I think I left the water level about 3-4" from the top so I don't get overflow.

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    Fish Dad - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    So is there anything out there to calculate how much water.

    I will draw something up and post it see what everyone thinks....

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    This is my sump. 3 chamber 1: fuge macro algea, rock chunks, sand, crabs. 2: skimmer also where I put a filter sock with carbon when I want extra mechanical filtration. 3: return pump, thermometer prob, 2 heaters. I run a very basic "noobee" system with no bells and whistles yet. Hope this helps feel free to ask for more details if they would help you.
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