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Old 11-29-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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sump/ fuge

I have a 20 long reef tank. I here sumps and fuges are good for your tank but i dont get what they are. Could someone explain. Also how would i go about making one or the other?
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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There is a ton of information on this site about them as well as lots of build threads and examples of sumps. In a nutshell, you are creating a complete eco system by running water through chambers filled with plants that will help break down waste and help with the nitrogen cycle. Macro algae and bottom dwells as well as rock for bacteria can all live within the sump and do their job without being seen in the main display tank.
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are they hard to set up?
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Not really, but with your size tank I don't think it's necessary.
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Not really, but with your size tank I don't think it's necessary.
thanks this is slightly OT but could i breed pods and have a madarin in a 20
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no. I tried to make a pod tank once and it didnt work out so theres no way you could get and sustain enough pods in a 20g tank
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It's a shame, I like mandarins(and dwarf angels, butterdlys Tangs and reef lobsters)
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I know. I hd to wait to get my tangs til I upgraded to the 125g. I started with a 29g tank too. thought when I got the 55g I would be able to keep a yellow tang but I was wrong. So i had to start again on a new tank. LOL
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Just as an added FYI, a sump doesn't necessarily always have to contain plants/lr etc. I've seen plenty of systems where the sump is basically just a place for water to cycle through a sack (removing any large detritus that drops through the overflow) and get run through the skimmer (removing protein matter). It's also a good place to put a sack of phosguard etc as needed.

Mine started out like that until I got a light fixture for my sump and tossed some LR in there.
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Just as an added FYI, a sump doesn't necessarily always have to contain plants/lr etc. I've seen plenty of systems where the sump is basically just a place for water to cycle through a sack (removing any large detritus that drops through the overflow) and get run through the skimmer (removing protein matter).
Very true but the original question asked about fuges so I just went there. You can build a sump just for mechanical filtering or just to add volume to the whole system if you want.
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