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Old 05-14-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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55 gallon question regarding sump and skimmer

first off a 20 gallon long would make a good sump right?

and would i need a protien skimmer?
im thinking yes but if not im going to start this tank up then add it later
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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I think 20 gallon would make a great sump. I would run a PS in a 55 gallon.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:52 AM   #3
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thats what i was thinking but i wanted a second opinion lol. now to just figure out which PS to run.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:54 AM   #4
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lol cant help ya there, I just use the one that came with my set up. Im sure someone on here has on opinion on it. DONT FORGET THE PICS OF THE BUILD!!
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oh theyll be pics dont worry lol. im just waiting on the space for it to be finished remodeled.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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does anyone know of a good diy skimmer?
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You can get skimmers pretty cheap on the net i wouldn't bother making one and depending on the size of your tank and sump determines the skimmer size,i would also get some cheatomorpha or halimeda with live sand for your sump with a small light for growth,this will help with nitrates you'll see some designs on this site.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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yeah ive got my sump/ refuge plans down. and tank size like stated is 55g and sump is 20g well itll hold less than that.
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On my 55 I run a bak pak skimmer for now and it works great. The 20 gal sump will be fine. If you want to go super clean install, go for a 30 long sump and section it off using some plexi glass so you have a place for a fuge and a spot to put your skimmer. It will also give you space to hide your heaters.
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ive thought about somehow making a inline skimmer from the water coming from the overflow. ive already got some plans sketched out. any thoughts about it? and about the thirty long i think thats what my other tank is but im not sure its 36x13x17
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