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Old 08-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #31
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My first sump was a rubbermaid tub... for a partition I just pu another tub inside... a ten gallon aquarium is a little on the small size but it might work depends on if you can squeeze your equipment in and have the partition. Plus you'll have to be able to get to everything easily because if its hard to maintain then it will get put off. Best to keep everything as simple as you can.
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To have a sump do you have to have three chambers?
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:34 PM   #33
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No, it depends on what you want, two chambers is good unless you want a refugium. A refugium is a good place to grow macroalgea for added nutrient export and for pods to grow. But a refugium doesn't have to be part of your sump.
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Ohhhh...ok I understand now it's like added LR I have another question can I get away with not cutting a hole into my 20gal long tank and the 46bow cause I really don't want to.. I'm nervous about trying to do it anyway I mean I have the right kind of drill... Just my luck would be ending with two cracked tanks you know?
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it's very simple, and as long as those tanks aren't tempered, you won't have trouble. otherwise you can use a HOB overflow box that relies on a siphon instead of gravity.
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I was pretty nervous the first time I drilled, a lot of lfs will drill it for you. You don't have to drill your sump you can use a submersable pump. There are many diffrent types of over the back kind of overflow that rely on syphon. I have made some out of pvc that work very well, but they are big and bulky. You just have to make sure you never lose your syphon or it could flood over. I am still using one on my freshwater 180 and I have frequent power outages its not failed me yet.
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So for submersible sump pumps any recommendations??
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:15 PM   #38
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I'm using a rio hyperflow return pump. Found them to have decent reviews and the price was right.

Aquarium Water Circulation and Water Pumps: Taam Rio® HyperFlow

they are even cheaper than when I bought them.
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And what gph should I have for the 46 gallon? Is a premium maxi-jet a good brand or powersweep, or hyena seltz?
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You mean gph for the return pump or the powerheads?
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