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Old 01-27-2005, 07:27 AM   #1
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Sump design open for critique/comments

The link below points to the design of the sump (from the phots page) I built using a 10 gal tank. I will be building a bigger one out of acrylic someday, so any suggestions or comments would be welcome.

One thing I noticed already: evaporation is faster than I thought, affecting the pump chamber. Auto top-off?

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1m67e/B...ng_a_sump.html
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-27-2005, 11:50 PM   #2
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Looks nice. I lose between 1-2 gal a day so, I had to have an auto top off. I originally used a 20 gal tank as my sump but it was all one chamber and I used a small plastic bin as a baffle. This helped since the whole sump was effected not just the pump chamber.

My current sump is a similar design to what you have but capacity is 24 gal. I have 2 floats in the pump chamber to trigger water from my top off container. I would definatley look into a top off. Only way to go on vacation and leave you tank unattended
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Can you tell me how you rigged your auto top off? I'm thinking of just suspending a 2l bottle upside down ino the water so that it replenishes when the level drops, but your descriotion of floats sounds even better. Did you purchase it or design it yourself?

Thanks,
John
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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