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Old 10-18-2014, 10:30 AM   #61
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A 2 chamber sump can be used as a refugium as long as you have pre filters on the intakes of the pumps. Its not ideal, but it works
Where do you put the skimmer with that set up?
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Your sump seem to be similar to what this other poster has.

moving water from skimmer to next chamber

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Old 10-18-2014, 03:15 PM   #63
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Ok, so I'm lost. I've cleaned out the sump, sand & I'm letting it dry at this point. Nitrate is still testing @ 40, but my phosphates went down to about 5. In did several 15g water changes, but hasn't seems to make much a a difference.
Now, my intake valve drains water from DT, down the tubing, into the black box over the right side of the sump. Inside that thin box, there is fine media padding. I get the return pump should be in a different chamber than the skimmer and I agree, but being that I do have that piece covering one side of the sump, it's not possible for me to run a hose & return pump... Am I missing something, or not on the right page, cause honestly I'm feeling a bit stupid at this point.


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Old 10-18-2014, 05:18 PM   #64
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I'm not sure but since I see all the components, it seems your sump is designed for an external skimmer. Is there any hole on the outside wall of sump?
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:13 PM   #65
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You honestly don't need the extra filter media in the sump. The live rock in your tank should hold all the bacteria you need.

Just put the skimmer in the same section that the water drains into and it should work just fine.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:22 PM   #66
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You honestly don't need the extra filter media in the sump. The live rock in your tank should hold all the bacteria you need.

Just put the skimmer in the same section that the water drains into and it should work just fine.
I agree since the high nitrate with no sign of ammonia or nitrite the bb has been doing its job. It follows that you can get rid of that black box and can go ahead just follow what I have suggested. Swap overflow and return pump otherwise your water level where the skimmer is will fluctuate.
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Ok so how do I go about attaching the hose connected to the black box to the sump? Where do I put it? Or secure it so I don't get a flood?


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Ok so how do I go about attaching the hose connected to the black box to the sump? Where do I put it? Or secure it so I don't get a flood?


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What is attached to the pvc right now?
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The square black box. It is a wet/dry


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