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Old 01-25-2013, 12:58 AM   #1
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Is this a good sump build

I am in the process of building 35gallon reef tank and am working on the skimmer and refugium and have questions about it. Just wondering if this is a good idea on one. The size of it is 25L x 4W x 17H it will be setting behind my main tank. Do to not having room for one under the tank. I have a really nice idea for a hood and back filler to cover everything with just need to get this built to move onto the lighting.

And will my heater be fine in the refugium
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:02 AM   #2
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If i need to make changes just let me know and will get them changed it is my first reef tank so its all new to me. But am having fun learning everything about them and building the stuff .
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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Sorry to say but most of that design is unorthodox and not well designed. The skimmer uses an airstone which is not that effective for you size tank. Its better to invest in an in sump skimmer with a powerhead attached. Also i do not really understand the little pocket where the water hits the return pump. If the water evaporates below that wall line then your return pump will run dry and break. The only good thing i see is that it has a refugium. Try creating a sump more like this.



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simple and effective... and yes your heater is fine in the sump.

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I don't see how that bubble trap is going to stop any bubbles. If that's all it takes, you don't even need the raised partition. A bubble trap should be 3 partitions. over, under, and then over again. The idea is enough time in the trap for the bubbles to reach the surface. I would at least use 3 partitions.
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I used that sump design and have no micro bubbles.
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I used that sump design and have no micro bubbles.
I use no bubble trap and have no bubbles. How big is your sump? You have to consider the size of the sump the OP is building.
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mine was a 20G long. I actually didnt have a fuge in mine but i used the same idea on my old setup. The one I have now is just two baffles in the whole sump but I am running a sponge and filter pad in it.
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I used that sump design and have no micro bubbles.
Same here. I used nearly the exact same type of sump design as this for over 10 years, even had an air driven skimmer which I loved, and never had one problem with bubbles or anything else. It should work out just fine. My system used an in sump return pump that was on a box made of eggcrate to get the pump above the sand and rock. Worked for around 12 years and kicked but.

There's nothing at all wrong with using an air driven skimmer. Copepods and especially mysis shrimp would even swim in and out of it to feed on the inner walls of it and not get harmed. They're the friendliest type of skimmer you can have to tiny fragile invertebrate life.
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This sump is 25 inches long and 4" wide.
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