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Converting saltwater sump to freshwater

I got my hands on a saltwater sump that I'm hoping to clean up and use for my freshwater set up. Has anyone done this before? Any tips or anything to watch out for? I'm going to do my best to clean it up, but the first chamber is sealed completely, and I won't be able to do more than rinse it out.
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There isn't much difference between the 2 besides what you put into the sump. Just rinse it out as much as you can. Do you have pictures or anything?
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I only have this one, but I can take something closer up after work.


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soak it in a mild vinegar solution. it will help break everything down. then scrub gentl with a sponge if its acrylic to kee from scratching it
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Looks like an awesome sump. You could do a nice size refugium in there too.
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Cool. Thanks guys.

I'm excited to set it up. It might be awhile though. I need to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how to plumb it. I think a refugium could be cool though.

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Cool. Thanks guys.

I'm excited to set it up. It might be awhile though. I need to figure out what I'm going to put in it and how to plumb it. I think a refugium could be cool though.
Bio-Bale is my preferred media
follow by a 20-30 ppi foam sponge
OR a a decent pump with some umph and a whole house filter running a 5 micron filter pad (my current method)
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Does it come with the bio balls like in the picture? That would work fine for bio media. A couple filter socks (or sponge or filter floss in the tray) for your mechanical and you're set.
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Does it come with the bio balls like in the picture? That would work fine for bio media. A couple filter socks (or sponge or filter floss in the tray) for your mechanical and you're set.
I have the bio balls. I was thinking about filter floss in the tray. I can get away with just that?

I will be running co2. Do I need to cover the top to help with degassing?

HD, What brand pump do you use?
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yes you will need o cover
filter floss gets dirty very fast, if its ur first mechanical that's fine, but i wouldnt use it for bio media

i use Taam's in all my tanks
my 75 is a taam rio 17HF
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yes you will need o cover
filter floss gets dirty very fast, if its ur first mechanical that's fine, but i wouldnt use it for bio media

i use Taam's in all my tanks
my 75 is a taam rio 17HF
Thanks. That will give me a place to start looking/researching pumps.

The next wrinkle is that it won't fit in my stand. I can slide it by the center brace. I'll figure it out though. The tank is in the corner, and I think I can get by with pulling out from the wall a bit and have it sticking out the back. No one should be the wiser.
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