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Old 10-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #11
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home depot is fine.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #12
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ok cool thanks for your input on this.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:24 AM   #13
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no problem...just sitting home on a rainy day...glad to help.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:28 AM   #14
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i hear you on the rainy day. I wish I was sitting home. instead I am on 24 hr duty.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:46 PM   #15
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yeah dude, hose is like $1 a foot or cheaper when you but 10 feet. go to home depot and mess around with fittings and hoses. if you don't have a ball valve you might want to add that. I see you have a check valve. All plastic?

my idea for the sump, is to 180 the sump, that way the the sock is in the big chamber, which will now be on the left. That will be the fuge area. that will get a lot of movement in there which is what you want for a fuge. You may have to add another 6" partition if you want a deep sand bed, but you could do a good large piece of rock instead, with a lot of rubble around it. some chaeto and a light on the opposite cycle as the main DT lights. the only problem I see with the return pump in the small chamber is that if the water level drops below the last baffle, you are going to suck air or at least cascading bubbles. so you may want to shield the intake of the pump so that it doesn't get pummeled by bubble water. maybe another piece of sponge.

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just drop your return pump down, put another baffle that reaches about halfway up, and put the fuge in the right hand section.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:53 PM   #16
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Yes the check valve is all plastic. You have a good idea on this too. I appreciate your insight. I will be playing around with the ideas to come up with a solution. Thanks
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why not put a deep sand bed in the refugium? why does it need it's own compartment?
i hope the OP intends to use an ATO (automatic top off) so that his sump will never reach a dangerous low.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:31 PM   #18
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i don't think i need another partition. I never said i wasn't going to put a DSB in either. I also check my water consistently and my wife is home all day so she also knows what and how to fill my water if it indeed gets low. I wish i had the room for an ATO so it would be automated some but i don't have that luxury at the current time and place.
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but believe me, it's going to evaporate very fast once you change to the small compartment. just a FYI.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #20
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yes i know. it does now how it is. Like I said im going to play around with the ideas and come up with the best solution to combine a fuge but not screw over the evap rate too much.
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