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Old 08-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Help With Sump Design

I was wondering if this would make a good sump design:
1st chamber: 2 media reactors
2nd chamber: refugium with live sand, live rock, and cheato and some other algae with a colony of copepods
3rd chamber: 2 heaters, and a protein skimmer
4the chamber: return pump
Please post opinions whether this is a good setup or not and if I need to add something to this sump design. Also, would all this equipment and lr and Ls be enough to filter a reef tank?
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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I as well as a lot of people are running the skimmer before the refugium to avoid skimming the pods out of the water before they make it to the tank. The sump I just build has 3 sections, 1st is my skimmer second is my fuge with my heater and last is my return pump.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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Ok that is good to know so I'm thinking maybe moving the refugium all the way to the back right before the return pump.
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I agree. Skimmer in the intake area, refugium, return.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:45 AM   #5
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Just like the others have said above, but I also put the heaters in the first chamber to warm things up for the pods.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Could I also just put the two heaters in the refugium?
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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Mine drains in then bubble trap- protein skimmer-fuge then another bubble trap, then return
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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How big of sump? That's a lot of chambers.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #9
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How big of sump? That's a lot of chambers.
It is 48x12x12.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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So basically you will have 4 12" chambers. Give or take...Make sure you research your equipment. My skimmer has a 12x16" footprint which would not fit in any of your chambers. Most heaters are 12" or bigger. I would reconsider the 4 chambers and do 3 (IMO)
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