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Old 03-07-2014, 11:54 PM   #31
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http://www.lifereef.com/custom.html they make some nice custom work, my friend had them custom make a sump for his 250. Not sure on price though
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:16 AM   #32
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so i cant fit anything larger underneath.

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Based on this statement yes it's better than nothing. If you can't fit anything larger then only other options are getting a new stand or putting a larger sump next to the tank. I would work with what I already have if I were you.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:25 AM   #33
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Should I get this over flow box if I get the mag 9.5 return pump: Amazon.com: Eshopps Overflow Box PF-800, 125 gal: Pet Supplies

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I have never used an overflow box like this but I heard horrible stories about them flooding homes after power outages. You might want to triple check.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:57 AM   #34
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So I finally got my sump put together and it was too easy! It goes as follows:
20L tank.
C-siphon overflow (800gph) that runs into a filter sock in said 20L tank.
Next a bubble magus BM180A skimmer.
Then a "refugium" environment containing liverock, macroalgae and bristleworms that hitchhiked on the algae...in a pond basket. Dome lamp with plant light clamped over it.
Next are two eshopps foam pads used as baffles.
Finally a sedra 700gph return pump....

So there it is, the lazy non-handy persons sump...and so far so good!

Any thoughts/changes/additions? Was going to put carbon in the filter sock...

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Looks good but I have one suggestion, try to get it so the light for your macro doesn't shine or minimally shines on your skimmer. The light on the skimmer will cause algae and coralline algae to grow inside it which will reduce the effectiveness and require more frequent cleaning.
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I would not use the filter pads as a partition. you will have to wash them out on a regular basis or you'll see a rise in nitrate, and all the pods you want to get to the DT will be washed down the drain as well.
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I was planning on rinsing them...but didn't think about the pods...crap...thanks for the idea lfs!
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Filter pads have been removed, I figure I don't need them if the make shift fuge is held in by the pond basket. Good news! My big problem, high nitrates that were between 160-80 are now down to 20 with a week of sump and good skimmer usage! Woo hoo!!! Thanks again everyone!
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