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Old 04-04-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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40g build questions

I have an empty 40g tall tank that I want to make into a sw tank with corals. My first question is. With this size do I need to get a sump or can a hob filter work. If I need a sump is 10g sump big enough? Trying to play with the stuff I have already to reduce what I need to buy.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:47 PM   #2
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No you don't need a sump, but you may want to invest in a hob skimmer.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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If you plan on stocking with fish aswell as coral a sump wouldn't be a bad idea!
For my 40 gal I built a 9 gal sump it helps for sure!
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:21 PM   #4
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sump definitely helps. you can make a 20gal/29gal sump that you can use for later if you do decide to upgrade
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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Yes will want some fish as well.
Does anyone have a good link on how to properly build a sump. If I go that route I want to make myself. Never done SW and it is kind of intimidating lol

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I've seen a lot of great tutorials on YouTube on how to diy sumps
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:54 PM   #7
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Another question. Is Live sand basically a gimmick. I was planning on using pool Filter sand.

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Yes the live sand in a bag is a gimmick IMO, but I wouldn't use pool filter sand either, I believe it has a lot if silicates which will lead to a never ending diatom bloom. Use an aragonite sand (reef sand)
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Another question. Is Live sand basically a gimmick. I was planning on using pool Filter sand.

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i wouldn't use pool filter sand if i were you. live sand or sand that used to be live act as buffer in the tank.
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I have used pool filter sand on at least a half dozen tanks and have never ever had any issues.

I also have a silicate test and have used it at different times to see if anything leeches out and so far nothing. I always use the pool filter sand from home depot though, the same brand and type every time.

I just set up a 180g tank a few months ago and used about 200lbs of sand for it, if I had not gotten pool filter sand which was only $20 it would have cost me over $200!!

BUT if you want real sand, I just got a delivery today of aragonite sand, pre-rinsed for $25 for 40lbs from The Reef Rock Store. Good company and good sand and rock too.
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