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Arrow Sump for 10G!!!

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I was wondering this... I have a cracked 10G that I'm gonna silicone and hopefully make it water tight!
I was wondering if I could use it for another 10G as a sump? YES!!! I want to do a sump for a 10G!!!! The sump would also be a 10G... I was wondering, not if it's possible cuz I know it is, but is it practical? I would like to have some kind of small refugium/quarantine in the sump too!

I was also wondering if I could modify the dimensions on this set-up, http://www.beananimal.com/projects/s...ow-system.aspx, to use in a 10G. He uses 1.5" pvc pipe, what dimension should I use thats available basically anywhere? What is the smallest diameter I could go?

Also, what is good size pump to get the water back in the tank, or somekind of rule of thumb or calculator?

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This thread on MFK might help. Scroll to post #42.
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/fo...t=47105&page=5

You are probably looking for a pump that can handle about 100 gallons per hour at whatever the distance between the sump and the main tank will be to get a turnover of 10x per hour. Here is the chart for Rio powerheads.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/tc-photos/11...e/giant/17.jpg

All that plumbing on the back of your 10 gallon tank is going to be sort of bulky. Fun project though. I love playing with PVC. My overflow is 3/4" into the tank and 1" overflow, I suspect 1/2" in and 3/4" out would be overkill for your tank but don't know of any rigid pipe smaller than 1/2" diameter. Possibly a plastics store would work? And finding the fittings required might be a challenge.
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Ok thanks... I might not do it though, but I'm looking into it...


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IMO a sump for a 10 gallon FW tank is kind of excessive - yes, you can do it, but maybe a more attractive route is to take a large Aquaclear filter and do a flow reduction mod on it (Swap AC70 impeller for AC30 impeller, for example) - you should be able to fit all your equipment in there. Unless you are keeping delicate species, the additional water volume won't really help a FW tank that much - freshwater fish are very tolerant of changes in their water compared to saltwater, where the use of such systems is commonplace.
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do it. Why not? If the tank is just gonna sit around doing nothing might as well put it to use.


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Here is a recent thread that includes a siphon overflow. Could use 1/2" pipe from the hardware store.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...ilter-who.html

I like the constant water level you get using a sump. I like the infinite variety of water returns you have playing with PVC.
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I will think about some more and see if it's worth it!!!
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