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Old 07-15-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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I am going to be building my DIY sump/fuge out of my 30 gal long tank. I have seen lots of designs about what compartment should go where. The two that I like are (from left to right) overflow from tank with skimmer/ fuge / return. The other one I saw was overflow from tank with skimmer/return / fuge. Is there really that much difference in performance between the two set ups?
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Old 07-15-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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IMO I would go with skimmer/return / fuge so that you don't have all the flow going through the fuge. Don't forget about a bubble trap after the skimmer. What I've seen done is the return line t'd off and a shutoff to control how much water goes through the fuge.
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Old 07-15-2006, 10:27 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what I'm talking about. The set up you mentioned looks like the preferred one. It just looked a little difficult to plumb from some of the pictures I have seen. It sounds easy enough though. Yes, bubble traps are definitely in the plans. Im still in the process of building my stand so the sump is next up on the list! Thanks for the reply!
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Mine from left to right is fuge, bioballs soon to be LR rubble and skimmer/return.
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