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Old 11-17-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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I need help on how to setup a sump for a reef tank.

I'm trying to setup a sump for a 90 gal tank with internal overflow kit. How many GPH,and kind of pump should i get? How large should the sump be? Some people say i can use a 10gal from WalMart as a sump. TIA!
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Old 11-17-2004, 03:46 PM   #2
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I am far from expert (see recent impassioned pleas for sump plumbing help) but I can suggest with confidence that a 10 gallon is pretty tiny. It depends what you want to do--just a place for your skimmer, etc? Do you want a fuge, too? I am in process of setting up a 29g sump for my 75 display, and I personally would not want to go any smaller. Between the sump chamber, return chamber, and 'fuge, it's pretty tight. (There are some pics in my gallery, if you're interested.) The bigger the better, IMO! Whatever will fit under your stand.
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:44 PM   #3
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Any sump is better than no sump. On that note I do agree that bigger is better. I might suggest watching garage sales and bargain finders. I have gotten all kinds of stuff for dirt cheap from these sources. I have officially become the thrifty reefer
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Old 11-18-2004, 06:32 AM   #4
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return pump size is dictated by the size of the diameter of the overflow hole.
A 1" overflow will allow 700 gph
A 1 1/2 bulkhead will alow 1200 gph.
Then you have to figure in head height and ristrictions for elbows. or a scwd on your return.
So it will probably be a mag 7 or a mag 9
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pCatId=4590
this flow chart may help
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:17 AM   #5
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you want your pump to have less GPH at the head height you're using than your overflow. Don't try to match them or you'll get a flood someday.
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