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Old 06-07-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
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DIY freshwater nano sump??


Anyone have any experience with this?? I'm really thinking of making one, especially with a fuge... Would allow for some snails to reproduce so i can feed my puffer before she eats all of them..
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:43 AM   #2
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What size are you thinking?

And would it be easier to run a hang-on breeder box/refugium?
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:53 AM   #3
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Idk, i have the fluvial edge but I'm going to take off the top piece of glass and create a custom hood so a HOB wouldn't be ideal since i want to make it look nice and everything hidden. I can fit 15"w x13"l x13"h underneath so about 10g-11g if i wanted to use all my available space, possibly more if i modify my shelving. My flow right now is 80gph
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #4
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Sounds like its quite possible. Its always good to increase the volume of your system. If you have the room go for it. The only issue I can see is how you will plumb it for overflows and returns.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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Sounds like its quite possible. Its always good to increase the volume of your system. If you have the room go for it. The only issue I can see is how you will plumb it for overflows and returns.
That's where the custom hood comes into play. In reality it wont even be the fluvial edge if i successfully implement my concept. Now that i think about it, it would be more like a custom tank enclosure. I could drill through the glass and get all the plumbing done that way and have all my stuff inline or in the sump. I could put the intake under the substrate with some mesh or sponge to block big particles, and outtake could be some waterfall built into the hood. At first glance my nano would look neat with nothing in the tank or any plugs coming out the back
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #6
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A big bonus using sumps is eliminating a lot of your accessories like heaters and such out of the way to help clean up the look.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:50 AM   #7
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Sumps are relatively easy to make. The only hard part is comes when its running and the overflow is loud. Can be a pain to fix. If you need help feel free to PM me.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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I wish I had pictures of the setup my brother use to have (He makes all his filters) But he had a 5g sump for his 10g tank.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:31 AM   #9
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Check out what this guy made,

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...738&highlight=
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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I had a sump on my 50g for almost 2 years, while useful for hiding all the equipment and constant water levels, it gasses CO2 like no other.

My tank had a beautiful 36" x 18" HC carpet until I installed the cpr overflow, I did everything I could to keep CO2 from gassing off, installed valves, straight hoses, straight pipes, sealed the sump, etc... In the end my HC carpet was destroyed and BBA was out of control, wasted so much money on the damn thing. I realized the noise, dirty uncleanable overflows, and CO2 refills just wasn't worth the constant water levels and surface skimming.

So I replaced it with a good 2nd canister, $35 eheim surface skim 350, and a $40 water top off peristaltic pump

My carpet is begining to grow again.
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