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Old 03-01-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
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Building and Designing a sump

I have a 20 gallon tank, and once I finish building a stand I plan to add in a sump, I really have no idea what to do. I tried to research it and to be honest i'm even more confused now then I was before, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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There are many personal preferences. Do you want a refugium section, or not? That is probably the main question...

My 20 long sump has a drain section with some egg crate and it forces the water under (so I can add rock, carbon, etc whatever I want really) followed by a middle section with a protein skimmer, heaters, and media reactor, followed by the last section that comes after a bubble trap and that is the return pump section.

You can combine sections 1 and 2, or use the middle section for a refugium, or do something entirely different. Just wanted to share what I did...
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okay so i dont know what i want, i do want a section for my heater, carbon, i plan to get a skimmer so probably a bubble trap?
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Found a pic while I was building it for reference. Also, comes to mind... Pick your skimmer our first to find out optimal water level so you know the baffle height to install...



Here's my middle section...

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With my design, you can drop a bag of carbon right on that egg crate media tray, very easy to customize from there...
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i planned to only have a 5 or 10 gallon sump, could i add the skimmer in after i build it, but have the model picked out?
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There's not going to be much space in a 5 gallon. You building a custom stand? Is there any way to snug a 20 gallon underneath? You could do a 10 if needed, but the point of a sump is to add total water volume to help limit parameter swings. Also keep in mind that you need to have enough room in the sump for any water that will back drain into it in case of a power outage...
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i planned to only have a 5 or 10 gallon sump, could i add the skimmer in after i build it, but have the model picked out?

For example, the skimmer I bought specifies an operating water level between 6"-10", so I knew to make the water height in that middle section between 6"-10"...
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Yes I am building a custom stand, here it is, I can't remove the exact dimensions of the to of my head but I think a 10 would be the most, maybe a 20 tall?

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Yes I am building a custom stand, here it is, I can't remove the exact dimensions of the to of my head but I think a 10 would be the most, maybe a 20 tall?

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