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Post your sump picture?

For those that are running a sump, if you like to post your picture to share, as I am going to build my sump this weekend, and trying to find out the best way to design it.

The tank I have is
30 gallons
36.6" x 13.1" x 17"

Items I plan to have in sump
2 Filter Socks (one for each drain)
UV
CO2 Reactor (external)
2 Heaters
1 Return Pump Mag Drive MD18
400 BioBalls
6 foam inserts think they are 3x8
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Pump and CO2 reactor on left, 11 year old sponge and 1 year old scrubbies between the 30 ppi and 10 ppi foam sheets, heaters and thermometer on the right. Right side of the water surface is covered with bubble wrap as during use there are lots of bubbles coming down and this should reduce air movement. 40 gallon breeder is sitting on a sheet of foam sheet used for packing.

Photo taken during a water change, you can see how low the water is when the pump is running. The photo is old, I have all the cords and CO2 line coming out of one spot now so the thing is neater. Planning to put the scrubbies in a bag so I can easily take the sump apart and knock the debris out of the sponges. The flow in the large part of the sump isn't strong, a baby black neon tetra grew up in there. You cannot see it but the pump has a drilled out PVC tube covered with a sponge so the whole sump is critter safe.

I imagine where if something came loose it would be a disaster and I put hose clamps or glue the part. Otherwise it is left just friction fitted.


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I will post pics of mine as soon as I get some build pics from the builder.

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heater is in sump reactor is a cerge style with a culligan house filter.
overflow is cpr. simple sump. so far i have no complaints about its effectiveness. heavy stuff seems to fall to bottom of sump instead of sticking to media which means easy clean up.

drip pan is sealed with vinyl tape to prevent excess c02 loss.. it makes a huge difference. and if u look close enough u can see pressure builds in the media section. its water lvl is lower than the pump heater area
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Used to be on my ADA 32g (24x18x18 with drilled corner).

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Operational and in use. Three pumps in sump. OR 2500 return, Eheim to drive protein skimmer, and Maxijet 404 to drive custom media reactor (6" tall :P ).

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