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Old 07-10-2012, 08:20 PM   #11
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Good deal. You can also get 1/8" thick glass. Instead of 1/4" acrylic. Goto you local glass shop get them cut. Glass is surprisingly cheap. Looks like you got your plan. Refugium could sacrifice some space. You can make refugium deeper than wider so can put like 5 or 6" sandbed. Bigger refugium is better but at our scales it isn't gonna effect much if loose a gal or 2 in volume to refuge.
I was gonna do 1/4" glass......you really think 1/8" is enough?
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #12
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By dropping the height you completely section off each compartment it isn't mandatory just the main practice I've always seen and used
Ok, that makes sense. Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:29 PM   #13
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Evaporation will come out of your return pump section. That is not much water in there. You plan on ATO system too?

You could get rid of the baffle far right. Will get another 1" of water. Unless you want the full bubble trap. Can always put a sponge in baffle right after refuge too minimize bubbles, if any. Or if you keep that baffle you can make that taller to add volume in return section.

They also make a calculator to figure out gallons by size. Google it. If you need 11 gallons for display to drain you can possibly make all baffles taller to add volume to entire sump.

When my display drains into my sump it fills my 55 sump about 1" from top. Get as much volume as I can.
Ok, so I am not sure I fully understand the physics of water flow that well. If I raise just the last baffle, won't that raise the water level of everything to the left of it?
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Your design looks almost just like my 20 long I made. In mine, I just went with one piece of glass between the first 2 sections. I'm not overly concerned about bubbles in my fuge as I am with them getting into the DT from the return section. I also had the first baffle higher than the ones going into my return section so I had a small waterfall effect into the fuge for extra water movement/aeration. Worked out well.
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I have a problem with mine right now I would make where the socks are smaller and make the return bigger I gave a lot of evaporation in mine and you don't need much area for the socks
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I have a problem with mine right now I would make where the socks are smaller and make the return bigger I gave a lot of evaporation in mine and you don't need much area for the socks
Only problem with that is that my skimmer is going in with the socks and it needs the 11"
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I had mine in the fuge area
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #18
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Or put it in the return area
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:32 PM   #19
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I just know you want as much area as possible for the return it evaporate really fast
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Or put it in the return area
You don't want to do that first the possible change in water levels and secondly micro bubbles would be a real big issue being in the return
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