Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 06-13-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 670
Piles of crud in sump

I took the suggest of another earlier post on a similar topic, and have ordered small-mesh filter socks for my sump overflow line, and I'm waiting for that to arrive, but I've still got an amazing amount of crud in my sump. Seems like everything settles there. Looks like a light-brown power at the bottom. Particularly in the first chamber where the skimmer is.

(layout of sump/fuge is skimmer chamber -> bubble trap -> small fuge w/chaeto and LR -> chamber with return pump)

Any time I do a top-off into the sump, this crud gets stirred up, and flows up into the display tank.

I've added filter pads to my bubble trap, to the overflow, and I'm cleaning the filters in my Emperor 400 HOB daily, but the crud just keeps accumulating.

I have a couple snails in the sump/fuge tank, do I need more? I could transfer more of the astrea's (sp) down to the fuge where the might do more good.

I'm thinking about building a canister-type filter with multiple layers of pads and sponges, that will take the overflow line, then dump it into the skimmer chamber of the sump.


Scoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2006, 09:19 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Baton Rouge
Posts: 24
I have the same exact problem with my sump setup....whenver i do a PWC I try to clean as much out as I can...but my sump is also wide open and only two chamber. The snails sound like a good idea because most of this is detritus build-up....I have the same filter sock on mine, but it only makes it a finer powder. Good luck to you!

movinweight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2006, 08:10 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
IMO snails will not clean up that mess, we all get that crud in the sump. You just need to siphon it out once in a while. Come up with another way to add water to the sump w/out sturing up the crud.
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Strange piles of sand leafyseadragon Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 06-03-2004 03:31 PM
fast worms in LR leaving piles of powdery grey stuff snapcrackler Saltwater & Reef - Identification 4 12-22-2003 03:22 PM
Crud in Water Gauge Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 11-22-2003 01:31 PM
pod piles for green mandarin dragonet's sharkthevandal Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 12 11-07-2003 04:02 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.