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Old 01-19-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Building a Sump

Ok I want to make 2 sumps out of two extra tanks I have. I have a 95 gallon and a 40ish gallon that I want to use the sumps on. I have a 40, 20, and 10 gallon to make the sumps out of. I was wondering if I could add to the sump as time goes on because I need to get skimmers for both tanks ASAP (really high nitrates) and I don't have enough money to put together all the components of the sump now. Can I something like this and just have that in the "sump" until I can afford to get the rest of the items? does anyone have any suggestions on the best skimmers?

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Old 01-19-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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I'm sure you have already seen the DIY sump project post. melevsreef.com has good info as well.

Do you want a sump solely for a skimmer? Have you considered just getting the AquaC Remora Pro?
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:16 PM   #3
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Yeah I saw those threads but I still wasn't sure what all I was supposed to put in the skimmer and sump. I wanted to make the sump sometime in the future so I wanted to buy an "in sump" skimmer so that I wouldn't have to buy one later.
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Can anyone explain how these type of skimmers work? I assume at minimum I will need a pump and a skimmer in the tank to start with? Do any chemicals go in the skimmer?

Thanks in advance!

This is not my setup...I don't have anything except the tank yet. I was thinking of the skimmer above but dont really know what makes a "good" skimmer.
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Protein skimmers work by passing a large stream of small bubbles through a column of aquarium water. Many different substances (proteins) will adhere to the surface of the bubbles and be removed from the water in the foam that bubbles from the top.

No chemicals are added to skimmer and some chemicals like slimecoat enhancers will keep a skimmer from working.
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:00 PM   #6
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Have a look at this. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...973&highlight= These are pics of what I did under my 72g tank. I used a 20g tall as a fuge behind it is a 75g Wet/Dry filter with nothing but the skimmer in it. Both of those dump into a 10g that I use as my return tank. Maybe this will give you some ideas of what you can do with the tanks that you already have.
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Hey thanks! All of that plumbing is what is so confusing for me! Is there somewhere that describes what I would need for just the skimmer and pump until I can get a fuge?
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Well you could do something similar to what I did and just use the 20 as a sump with skimmer in it until you decide to add a fuge.
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sounds good, now i just need a skimmer.

is this one any good?

http://dallas.craigslist.org/for/267153178.html
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The Euro-reef skimmers are great and the price is decent.
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