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Old 09-21-2004, 12:16 AM   #1
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Sump Design Question

Hi Guys,

I want to start a FOWLR saltwater tank. The display tank is 55gal long and I just purchased a 20 gallon long glass tank to make into my sump.

My guestion is how would you design the space inside the sump. How many baffles and such. How is your sump designed and why?

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 09-21-2004, 04:46 AM   #2
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Here's a great site with some excellent sump ideas:

http://www.melevsreef.com/

Just click the "Sump and Refugium" links for some ideas. Personally, I have a separate Refugium (75 gallon) and Sump (45 gallon) My sump (shown below) has 4 baffles. Three in the middle in a down/up/down configuration (which is fairly standard - removes micro bubbles) and a 4th mini-baffle around the outlet to the Iwaki pump (to help stop anything smallish entering the pump and damaging it)



(btw, I realise the deltec skimmer is sitting too low in the sump, the rack has since been raised!!!)
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:56 PM   #3
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Don't know how helpful this is as it hasn't been built yet, but I posted my plans for a 20L sump/fuge last week.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...er=asc&start=0

I got some helpful comments. HTH!

PS I have a bunch of links I used in my research--PM me if you want the list.
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Old 09-21-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help. I guess what confuses me the most is the size of the different parts of the sump. For instance I read that the baffles should be 1" apart. How large should the fuge be? How many baffles should I have?
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it will all depend on what you plan on having in the sump. Return pump, skimmer, fuge,return lines.
you will be playing around with all these items in the sump first then mark out how much room you need for the skimmer and return pump, return lines from the tank and the area left in the middle could be used as a fuge.
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do a search for messages posted by sumphead. he has given a lot of good advice concerning sump design.

just to get you started...

http://users.rcn.com/reef101/diysump.html
http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/wetdry.htm
http://www.melevsreef.com/what_sump.html

and definitely go here http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...257&highlight= to read a tutorial with pictures submitted by sumphead!
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Thanks for the props Guitarded, That means a lot.

As for the sumps I am a big fan of the "keep it simple..." train of thought. Depending on the flow rate 1" spacing between baffles should work well. One inch raised baffles for bubble control is also a general rule. If you are using a massive pump (like that last one I built) up to 3" may be required. But up to say a mag 12/18 an inch should be fine in a 20 glass tank. Here's a very basic concept...

Hope this helps,
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Great illustration!!
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thanks for the help guys
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