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Old 12-12-2012, 12:55 AM   #16
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Here you go. It's currently a standard glass 75 about 6 feet high in my basement. I have socks on the left that are separated by egg crate and sponges. The co2 reactors are in the middle with Matrix and a big sack of bioballs. A Mag 18 pushes the water back upstairs.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:03 AM   #17
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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?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:08 PM   #18
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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).

But beautiful...

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.

Highly Planned...

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.

For size 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.
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These are some of the sumps in my lil' fishroom

The last pic is a DIY sump I built out of cellcast acrylic sheets,(i had the acrylic company cut to size) I had a remaining bit and used it for side bracing even though the eurobracing and acrylic partitions/chambers were more than enuff support. I guess overdid it because it was my first build, well @ least I dont have to worry about it.

Oh and I took these pictures late last night and this morning, hence the displays are not lit.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:24 PM   #20
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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).

But beautiful...

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.

Highly Planned...

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.

For size 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.
+1, here's my sump from my reefing days, its in the process of being converted to a Iwagumi planted tank so the sumps complexity will drop tremendously



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Old 12-13-2012, 05:55 PM   #21
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here is my 55g sump on my 33g long. It was pretty cheap to build, since i already had the tank. Using a harbor freight pump (like $20, with a 3 year warranty) to pump water back to the display. I will be outfitting the "fuge" with substrate soon and i may change the sump light to a CFL (in a vertical position) with a clamp lamp reflector
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #22
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here is my 55g sump on my 33g long. It was pretty cheap to build, since i already had the tank. Using a harbor freight pump (like $20, with a 3 year warranty) to pump water back to the display. I will be outfitting the "fuge" with substrate soon and i may change the sump light to a CFL (in a vertical position) with a clamp lamp reflector
Aren't your sump and tank sizes backwards?

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #23
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mines pretty basic looking compared to a lot of these, for a planted tank you don't need anything special.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #24
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What do you have in there? It looks like some filter floss going to a drip plate then...?

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:50 PM   #25
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Looks a lot like a cpr setup
Which is what i have.. lemme get a picture up

and yes that is bio bale.. its awesome stuff
i just changed my filter pad so i haven't duct taped yet but u can see remnants of tape around the wet /dry area / drip pan
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:52 PM   #26
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Looks like that bio-bale stuff.....
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #27
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I think I might be doing something like this, what size tank is this for and what size pump are you using
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Do you need only one pump to create a sump?

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I think I might be doing something like this, what size tank is this for and what size pump are you using
Its on a 29 gallon. its rated for 60 (their smallest size)

i push 300 gph through it which is its supposed max rating. it does great for sure
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Built this sump from a 55 gallon tank over the weekend for my 210 tank.
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