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Old 07-27-2012, 02:00 AM   #11
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Canisters are good if you keep up with cleaning them cause they will build up a lot of waste which will be added to you nitrification process. Sumps are by no mean a must for a thriving reef but are a huge help. With a sump you have added water volume (more stable conditions), if building your own you can add a fuge (lowers nitrates and phosphates also houses benificial creatures like pods), adds room for more rock (beneficial bacteria), you can hide almost all your equipment in it, and lastly if its DIY then its completely customized for your system
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:00 AM   #12
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Dan, or anybody else lol I have a fluval x2 are canister filters good or they a waste?
There not a waste, they just need lots of maintenance in order to prevent the nitrate factory effect, sumps are the best I learned that the hard way lol
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:52 AM   #13
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Any website you know that have good sumps for sale? Or should I make one my self?
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:53 AM   #14
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Any website you know that have good sumps for sale? Or should I make one my self?
Make your own its very easy and like 90% cheaper lol
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:59 AM   #15
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Mrc if you don mind any specifics things, and list of things I need .
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:02 AM   #16
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Find out what you can fit in your stand first. Hopefully you can get like a 20 long and then just go to lowes/home depot to have them cut for free a few baffles then just silicone them in and that's a sump with a possible refugium which id reccomend. We can help you with measurements and design to help fit your needs
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Thanks n it's a 48'' long tank 55gal but I could fit a 20 gallon one n what are baffles ? Lol
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:19 AM   #18
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The dividers to divert water flow for different compartments.. this is mine while I was making a new one since mine other was leaking
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I have a 29 gallon tank Can I make that into one or should I get a 20 gallon long tank to make into one?
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:38 AM   #20
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A 29 is fine but will it fit?
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