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Old 08-05-2015, 06:17 PM   #11
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I decided to just get a canister filter. The overflow box would have set me back $65, the return pump $40-$60, the tubing etc. approx. $15, tank $10, glass/plastic dividers $?, silicone $10 ...... and then there's the fear that the 10 gal sump (which is all that will fit in my narrow stand) will overflow in an outage. Went with canister - which I'm used to and comfortable with. Thanks for the help. Did notice that the LFS has Rubbermaid bins willed with bioballs and/or live rock as sumps. I'm sure it's simple, but with the limited space I have I don't think it will work.
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As long as you have a good amount of rock and a good skimmer and a few power heads you can get by with out filter or sump , just be sure you keep up on your weekly water changes and you should be fine ,
now if you were to do a sump you could use a rubber maid tote and a do it yourself overflow made out of a old hob filter
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