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Old 12-18-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Idea for sump

Right now I have a 15 gal tall. Eventually I will be upgrading to at least a 30 gal tank. I want to get some ideas for a 10 gal sump before the purchase. I was thinking about an diy sump or refugium. What are your thoughts?? Please tell me which one would be better.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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IMO a refugium to grow macro algae would be better . Now personally I would make a small algae turf scrubber . It would be more than capable of filtering a 30 gallon or so tank on its own .
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Oh yeah I've never heard of that before. I've only been doing sw for a half year now. Od that what you use? Is that easy to make? I'll deff research it a little more.
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Yes very easy to make. I use only an algae scrubber on my 40g and both a scrubber and protein skimmer on my 180g. It is basically a roughed up plastic screen with water running down that you light up on both sides.
It will grow algae as it absorbs NO3 and PO4 from the water and once a week you clean the algae off and repeat.
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Wow that does sounds easy!!! Do you have a pic of it? I'll look it up on YouTube also to get a good idea on making it.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #6
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I can post some maybe later today or tomorrow . You more than likely will find plenty how to 's online .
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #7
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Yeah sounds good thanks for the info. I will prob go this route due to it being pretty cheap!! You think I should put one of these in a 10 gal sump with some live rock and some chaetomorpha?
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Skip the cheato the scrubber will eventually out compete it and probably kill it . I will definitely get you some pictures since my 40 has a 10 gallon sump/ scrubber set- up.
The live rock is up to you. It won't make a difference in the end.
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Ok great looking forward to see your pics!!!
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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Ok here are a few pics. This is an overflow powered ATS as you can see the pipe runs from the overflow into the sump. You can also use a pump but for me it is just easier to do it this way.
The lights are hanging on some PVC rails I installed in the stand . As you can see there really is not much to it at all .I included a link to a video I made when I first made it .

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