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Old 05-29-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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10 gal sump or refug

Hi, I'm new to this hobby and I've been reading articles for quite a while now. (I love reading!! LOL) I have a 55 gal tank as my soon to be reef tank. Right now there is nothing in the tank because I'm still cycling my 80lbs base rock in the rubbermaid bin that I have.

I'm having a dilemma here because I know most aquarist would say that a bigger sump is really important. However, the stand I have doesn't allow me to have a sump bigger than a 10gal. 10gal sump/refug is too tiny as what I have read. So, I'm thinking of two options here: to use that 10gal tank as a sump with just a skimmer no refug or get a HOB skimmer and use that 10 gal tank as a refug.



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Old 05-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Well, maybe a skimmer and a algae scrubber would solve the issues with space.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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I was thinking of that too. I'm just not sure if it works fine
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You should think about just a scrubber like sniperhank suggested if you only have room for a 10 gallon.
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I'm just getting into the hobby and I'm really familiar how to an algae scrubber. Anyone tried doing it on a 10 gal?
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It can be done on a 10g. It's just harder.

With a 10g sump have you thought about just 1 compartment with live rock rubble and a HOB skimmer to use on the sump? That way all your equipment would fit inside it. If you can fit an in-sump skimmer in the 10g with your heater and return pump, so much the better....but if space is tight, a HOB on the sump might be a good idea.
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It can be done on a 10g. It's just harder.

With a 10g sump have you thought about just 1 compartment with live rock rubble and a HOB skimmer to use on the sump? That way all your equipment would fit inside it. If you can fit an in-sump skimmer in the 10g with your heater and return pump, so much the better....but if space is tight, a HOB on the sump might be a good idea.
Hey Rick, yes, I have thought about a HOB skimmer on a 10gal sump and most people would get aquaC but so far I have been the reviews of the product that I have read was not so great. And yes I agree with you on putting everything ie heater, skimmer and a little fuge maybe in the sump.
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Just food for thought... I currently have a 60 gallon drilled tank which flows into a 10 gallon baffle-less sump. Iike you I can't fit anything wider than a 10 gal. My water drains directly into a filter dock and the "sump" houses my coralife 125 super slimmer and my TLF phosban reactor and return pump.

I have crystal clear water... Perfect levels and no micro bubbles.
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If you have somebody to help you make a simple algae turf scrubber, then go in that direction. If you feel like you are a handy person, then its a simple project to complete. If built properly, it will significantly help your water quality.

I'd urge you to get an in-sump skimmer since they are so much more effective than HOB skimmer. Nevertheless, any skimmer will help, but I'm just saying you want the best bang for your buck. Then get a filter sock at the drain line.

After getting the three above, you shouldn't need anything else as a requirement. If you build it perfectly the first time, then your long-term success rate as a hobbyist is a lot better.
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Hey Rick, yes, I have thought about a HOB skimmer on a 10gal sump and most people would get aquaC but so far I have been the reviews of the product that I have read was not so great. And yes I agree with you on putting everything ie heater, skimmer and a little fuge maybe in the sump.
If you can't fit an in-sump skimmer, reef octopus makes great hob skimmers. Much better than the aquaC remoras.
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