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Old 10-17-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Hello all! Being a cheap son-of-a-nutcracker, I came up with a cheap, easy sump idea. Could I theoretically just take a 10 gallon tank and plumb it with an over flow and return pump with no baffles and just keep it as a place to put heaters and a skimmer?
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yep... pretty common but with no bubble trap you may have a problem with bubbles from the skimmer being sucked into the return pump causing micro bubbles in your display.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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yep... pretty common but with no bubble trap you may have a problem with bubbles from the skimmer being sucked into the return pump causing micro bubbles in your display.
Alright I'll have to set up a trap.
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i have this idea to use a PVC pipe with a cap on the bottom placed in the sump with slots cut out abotu an inch bellow your desired water level, and plumb your return pump above the sump and to about an inch before the bottom of the pipe. should act like its own bubble trap and will also limit how much water actually gets pumped back if you loss syphon
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:15 AM   #5
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i have this idea to use a PVC pipe with a cap on the bottom placed in the sump with slots cut out abotu an inch bellow your desired water level, and plumb your return pump above the sump and to about an inch before the bottom of the pipe. should act like its own bubble trap and will also limit how much water actually gets pumped back if you loss syphon
That's a great idea! So the pump cant get bubbles in it because it cant suck bubbles down?
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looks like thats the idea. the bubble will rise unless some force is pushing them down but since there is no downward force in the tank they're left to do their own thing. I like it gti
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Can I ask a question what is the best sump bio balls ref or algae scrubber or a combination plz help building a new sump just wondered the best solution
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What size main tank you talking? I have my doubts since you won't be able to fill the 10g up but so much anyway since you gotta leave room to anticipate power outages and an overflow in the sump.
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What size main tank you talking? I have my doubts since you won't be able to fill the 10g up but so much anyway since you gotta leave room to anticipate power outages and an overflow in the sump.
A 30 gallon... I guess I should go with a 20 long though.
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Still you might only be able to keep 7g of water in a 10g sump. If you're talking about a 20g sump, consider 20g tall if you've got the room.
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