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11-08-2013 12:49 AM
crazymittens Got any examples/pictures? Very interested to see what you came up with.
11-07-2013 07:48 PM
James M I've placed refugiums in sumps many times.
11-07-2013 06:00 PM
crazymittens 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!
11-07-2013 05:38 PM
chale 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.
11-07-2013 03:44 PM
crazymittens 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.

11-07-2013 01:54 AM
WestHaven I'd like to see pictures of people's sumps.
11-07-2013 01:48 AM
macquisition76 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.
11-07-2013 01:44 AM
macquisition76 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
11-07-2013 01:35 AM
James M That's a great idea.
11-07-2013 01:34 AM
Sluggo 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.
11-06-2013 11:32 PM
James M 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....
11-06-2013 11:23 PM
chale 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.
11-06-2013 10:12 PM
Qwe 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...
11-06-2013 09:50 PM
jmsaltfish797 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.
11-06-2013 08:11 PM
chale Actually there are many folks on here that have one. There's even a sump pimp club!! LOL
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