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Old 11-16-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Help me with my sump for 40g Reef

So i am putting an HOB overflow and sump on my 40g reef tank and am not sure what to do for the sump. I could do 1 of two things. I could use a 20g High and just use it to hide equipment and put my Filter sock on it. Because I am running a HOB skimmer and will just leave it on the tank for now until i upgrade my 75g then the 40g will get a 30g sump and a NWB 150 reefoctopus skimmer but till then ill just stick with the HOB skimmer it works well with a constant water level. I dont know if i really will gain much benefit from having a fuge and I dont really want to make another sump and would really just prefer an open sump. What are your thoughts? Pros and Cons?

I am going to run PH probe, Temp prob, Heater, Carbon & GFO Reactor, ATO, and eventually dose Kalawrasser.
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Are you saying its a one piece hob sump and skimmer? Or is it an hob skimmer and a normal sump under?
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #3
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You could always just put more lr or sand in the sump. I'm not going to do a fuge right now either in my 20l sump. It's just going to run the skimmer and heaters and probes
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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well Im saying I have a sump but the tank will still have the HOB skimmer on it because it wont work in the sump and I am not buying an in sump skimmer because the tank is out of site and in my "Fish Cave" and most of it will just be temporary so looks arnt a big thing. What I need is function. I was thinking I would run a 20g High because I have one. Im wondering if theres any way for me to grow different macro algeas in the tank without baffles. Any thoughts? I dont want it to clog up my return of course.
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My understanding is that the baffles are really for the micro bubbles from the in sump skimmer...if your not running one then I don't see an issue with no baffles. I would run a Sponge on the return pump just to keep any debris from the algae clogging it
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If your running multiple types f algae in the sump without baffles you can use eggcrate to separate
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:23 AM   #7
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My understanding is that the baffles are really for the micro bubbles from the in sump skimmer...if your not running one then I don't see an issue with no baffles. I would run a Sponge on the return pump just to keep any debris from the algae clogging it
good point. I am running a filter sock on it so there shouldnt be any detritus or anything in the sump. I was thinking of making something out of egg crate but im not sure yet.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #8
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Anyone think I could just use a rubber tub? Or something?
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You can..I know I've seen videos of people who have used Rubbermaid type tubs. I'd clean it first just in case there are any chemicals in it. Would be a pretty cheap alternative to using another tank.
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