Seems to be a hot topic this week, so I'll bite and join in.
I've been reading everything I can find about building your own sump, reading others advice yet I still find myself asking the same few questions.
I plan to build a 15 (or so) gallon sump. What I can't figure out is how many "compartments" I need and how to setup each one up. Or if I should use a rubbermaid container or a glass tank?
I know I want the tank drain to flow into a compartment that will hold small peices of live rock which will be suspended just above the bottom of the sump on a plastic (or some variant) grate.
Then I need to have the water pass though my Skimmer. After this I have no idea what to do.
I read about a "fuge" and how I could grow some macro or pods
, plants, ect. But I really have no idea what this is or how it works.
Then the pump... a Mag 5 or Mag 7 (submerged) to return the water to the tank, which is a reef ready Oceanic 58 gallon with a 1" drain and 3/4" return.
Can someone give me there "parts list" of what I need to purchase to build this sump? I assume I can obtain most of the parts necessary at a hardware store/home depot?
I'd like to get this project started this weekend as my tank arrives next week. So any advice, from what you recommend to here is what you should buy would be very much appreciated.