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Old 06-15-2005, 09:04 PM   #1
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Fuge/Sump size

I was just wondering how you decide how big is big enough for a fuge or sump. I am looking to start a 90 gal and would like to put a fuge under it. Please help me out with capacity, and flow. TIA
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For a 90 gal tank I would have a sump no smaller than 30 gal. If you where to have a seperate fuge I would shoot for 20 gal fuge.

There is no real ratio or formula for figuring this out but I would stay a good figure to work with is the sump should be at least 20% of the tank's capacity and the same for the fuge if the fuge is seperate of the sump. The fuge should have nominal flow of lests say 5-8X the tank capacity per hour and the sump should be between 10-15X the tanks capacity. Those flow rates would permit you to have a tank with no or minimal powerheads inside the tank. Having lower flow in the sump and fuge will increase the need for powerheads in the main tank.
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