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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Sumps

I just bought a 75 gallon marineland tank with factory corner overflow. I've seen where folks have hooked up a canister filter like an FX5 using the overflow and I've seen a lot of talk about a sump. What would you guys recommend? Sump or not. I like the idea of the sump, but just don't know enough about them although I've been reading all weekend. Thanks for the help.
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I just bought a 75 gallon marineland tank with factory corner overflow. I've seen where folks have hooked up a canister filter like an FX5 using the overflow and I've seen a lot of talk about a sump. What would you guys recommend? Sump or not. I like the idea of the sump, but just don't know enough about them although I've been reading all weekend. Thanks for the help.
Sump is more of a reef set up and it's almost a must. I haven't seen too many if any have sump in the planted tank.
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Actually there are many folks on here that have one. There's even a sump pimp club!! LOL
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i ran a 15g sump under a 55g for quite a long time. honestly IMO, its probably one of the better filter options you can go with. all you need is some bio balls or similar media for nitrifying bacteria to take hold. it also maintains a constant water level in the main tank, which just looks a lot cleaner. theyre also super easy to build for fresh water, just need a small tank to convert (15-20 gallons work best), and some glass from a local glass shop. pick your design and silicone it together.
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The customization options of a sump are countless, and they are simple enough to learn how to set up. I would definitely go with one for any tank that already has an overflow built in...
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Yeah it sounds easy enough and I do like the options. I was thinking of doing a small refugium with space for plants, shrimp and snails to help with cleanup.
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Sumps add complexity, and are not necessary on any tank, reef or otherwise.
They do have their advantages though, and I would choose to run one on any reef over 20 gallons or so, below that I don't bother.
On a freshwater planted tank I would never plan for it - if my tank already had an overflow then sure - or maybe the "sump" would just be an expansion of the main tank. Another light, more plants and fish....
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 01:34 AM
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One thing about a sump is you can light it on a reverse cycle from the main tank, and avoid pH drop during your main tank's dark hours.
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That's a great idea.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 01:44 AM
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Love my sump on my planted tank. Love it. No equipment visible. More gallons, easier water changes without the ugly look of water dropping in the tank. Only downside is if you spring a leak in the plumbing or water pump goes out.

Note- tank does have a built in overflow
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Also you may want to place some filter padding over the overflow. My fish kept getting in the overflow and I'm trying that now.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 01:54 AM
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I'd like to see pictures of people's sumps.

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I've had two tanks with, one tank without. Will never do a permanent tank install without a sump again. Super simple when you actually put it together.

Here's what I'm using on my current tank, a 125 gallon display, 50 gallon sump.


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Nice. I'm kind of leaning towards a small refugium area with plants and shrimp. Anyone with a pic of that setup they're running? More ideas I see the better. Thanks.
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The refugium thing will be tricky to keep inside the sump, from what I've read/attempted to create in Sketchup. If you find something that works, I'm all-ears!

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