no offense intended but i always thought sumps were beautiful, highly planned, highly scientific works of art and feats of plumbing....eye opening thread!
whats the general rule of thumb for sizing a sump to a tank?
If you want to see elaborate sumps you should see reef sumps since they usually have much more equipment inside (protien skimmers & etc) and they have more partitions too (baffles).
The beauty in most sumps out there is the function and the form is just a means of making the application of all things inside the sump practical.
Yeah Sumps take some planning. ( space in cabinet under display, refugium or not, type of filtration in sump, heaters space, pluming & etc.) but realy Its not difficult at all.
We all have are reasons on why we use what we use, but I much rather have a sump under a display than a canister.
I look at my display tanks my sumps are on the bottom and some behind cabinet doors
I also like using sumps for shrimp and fry refugiums
it realy all depends on the amount of drainage before overflow siphon breaks and also on what you intend on placing/using inside the sump. I try to match @ least 30% actual water volume of the display tank. For example: 10G sump under 29G or 20H under a 55G
I will try and post more pics of my humble fishroom sumps including and acrylic diy sump later on.