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Old 12-21-2004, 05:34 AM   #1
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going sumpless

as i read through various forums i am noticing that more than a few people are running sumpless systems and just use filtration provided by LS and LR. so i just wanted to take a poll to see how many of you folks are running your systems without a sump.
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Old 12-21-2004, 09:19 AM   #2
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I am currently running a sump and am in the process of taking down the sump and just using a skimmer and powerheads along with my 120 lbs of LR in my 72G. I am constantly concerned about overflowing, so I'm going to take that possibility out of the equation.

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Old 12-21-2004, 09:42 AM   #3
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i do not run a sump, but have future plans for it.....



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Old 12-21-2004, 09:55 AM   #4
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I just want to add that a sump does not aid in filtration. Those running sumps dont do it for extra filtration but istead are running the sump for the following benifits.

1) easier water changing
2) constant water level in the main tank
3) water flow with less powerheads
4) extra water capacity adding to overall stability
5) a place to hide your heater, skimmer, etc
6) a place to add extra live rock to increase overall biofiltration
7) using a part of the sump as a refugium
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Old 12-21-2004, 01:01 PM   #5
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/agree Fishfreak, same reasons I use one.
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Old 12-21-2004, 01:20 PM   #6
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hey i have a question...How do a sump keep the main tank full all the time?
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Old 12-21-2004, 02:22 PM   #7
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as the water is pumped into the main tank, it spills into an overflow box. the overflow box then gravitiy feeds back into the sump. so the height where the water spills over into overflow box will be the constant height of the water in the main tank.
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Old 12-21-2004, 02:27 PM   #8
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I use a sump....
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Old 12-21-2004, 02:47 PM   #9
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I don't... However considering that I'm only using a 60 gal tank.... I would like to sometime to add to the stability...
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Old 12-21-2004, 03:09 PM   #10
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i am going to add a sump for all 7 of the reasons listed by fishfreek

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