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Old 12-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Making My First Sump

I have sumps set up on 2 of my tanks so I have used them but have never made one. The first one was store bought. The second is homemade but I didnt make it, it came with my 110 gallon when I bought it.
My question is would it be a good idea to use a 55 gal to make a sump for a 60 gal. The 60 currently has the store bought sump on it but its not big enough to add a refugium or even a decent amount of live rock. It barely holds the protien skimmer and pump. I have a 55 sitting empty that I dont intend to use for fish again so was considering making it a sump tank with lots of extra room for live rock and a refugium.
My 60 currently has live rock and corals along with a few fish in it.
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You can make the sump as big as you want. The bigger the better. As long as you have the space for it. I used a 55 for my sump with my 150. You can never have to much water volume
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You can make the sump as big as you want. The bigger the better. As long as you have the space for it. I used a 55 for my sump with my 150. You can never have to much water volume
I was thinking along the same lines as far as volume. I want to add a decent size refugium for natural filtration and I cant add anything to the existing sump.
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My refugium section is about 2 ft by 1 ft. I have a nice sandbed about 30 pounds of live rock and plenty of cheato in it. My nitrates stay at 0
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My refugium section is about 2 ft by 1 ft. I have a nice sandbed about 30 pounds of live rock and plenty of cheato in it. My nitrates stay at 0
Cool! Atleast I dont feel like I am going on over kill for a sump now
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Yea you can never have to big of a sump. I know people with 10 gallon tanks running a 10 gallon sump
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Yea you can never have to big of a sump. I know people with 10 gallon tanks running a 10 gallon sump
Correct, the more water in the system the stabler it will be. Just remember it increases the cost of water exchanges.
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Correct, the more water in the system the stabler it will be. Just remember it increases the cost of water exchanges.
Lol. I already have a pretty costly water change day. My normal weekly water change consists of mixing between 80 and 100 gallons of water. I buy a box of reef crystals that makes 200 gallons about every 2 weeks. Depends on how heavy I feed my tanks as to how big the water change is every week.
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i too converted a 55g into a diy refugium for my 125. prob the smartest thing ive done in terms of filtration
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Only reason I even do water changes is to replace trace elements. I never have any nitrates and I use phosegaurd(however its spelled)in my reactor
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