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Old 08-11-2012, 01:13 AM   #31
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Ok bought a 55g off Craigslist tonight. Got it for $50 with everything tank, stand, lights, fluval cannister filter, misc. decorations. Can't beat that. So now a have a sump to begin work on. I may go to lowes in the am to get some wood to cover the stand. We are making some progress now! Lol.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:16 AM   #32
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:04 AM   #33
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Bought wood today to cover the stand, I bought blonde wood ( that's what it was labeled as, I have one sheet of 3/4 and two sheets of 1/2. Still have not picked out stain yet. Also picked up some PVC for the sump.



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Anyone have a link for a really good sump design for a regular 55g sump.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:06 AM   #35
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Anyone have a link for a really good dump design for a regular 55g sump.
Your using a 55 for a sump?
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Yes, a big sump, not many options between a 20 long and a 55, so 55's are plentiful and cheap, and I'm building my own stand so I can make sure it fits.
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Yes, a big sump, not many options between a 20 long and a 55, so 55's are plentiful and cheap, and I'm building my own stand so I can make sure it fits.
This is my buddies 55 sump build he just did overflows go into skimmer chamber then over baffle to main pump main pump then returns to tank and also to refugium notice where the valves are controlling movement is key through the fuge cause this allows macro time to uptake nutrients second pic is basically same design on my 80g sump
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:21 AM   #38
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This is my buddies 55 sump build he just did overflows go into skimmer chamber then over baffle to main pump main pump then returns to tank and also to refugium notice where the valves are controlling movement is key through the fuge cause this allows macro time to uptake nutrients second pic is basically same design on my 80g sump
Keep in mind you only need 1000 gph goin thru sump to allow skimmer to be efficient
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Yes, a big sump, not many options between a 20 long and a 55, so 55's are plentiful and cheap, and I'm building my own stand so I can make sure it fits.
Your stands gonna have to be taller than normal to give you decent access to the inside of the 55. In terms of sump designs, depends on what you want to build, do you want a wet/dry design??( empties onto bio-balls, then into the return chamber.) or a refugium ( empties into filter sock, into skimmer chamber, then into the center "natural"section, ten into the return pump)
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Your stands gonna have to be taller than normal to give you decent access to the inside of the 55. In terms of sump designs, depends on what you want to build, do you want a wet/dry design??( empties onto bio-balls, then into the return chamber.) or a refugium ( empties into filter sock, into skimmer chamber, then into the center "natural"section, ten into the return pump)
I like tall stand anyway you dont have to bend over to see your reef
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