I was just sitting here debating the usefulness of our current sumps. To begin with, the water is sent through carbon and prefilter pads, than back through display, so on, so forth.
Now, I came up with an idea.
What if one sump was removed, replaced with an actual tank, 3 baffles.
Initially the water moves through a deep sand bed, on through clumps of chaetomorpha (we have bad nitrate/algae issues) and then into the final baffled area, composed of live rock rubble, nitrate reactor, and a protein skimmer.
I did a design of it, it's horrible, I know, but still...
Is it a practical idea? Our water quality is bad considering our nitrate issues, we use tap water, and there isn't a lot of real filtration going on. In hindsight, I'd be managing the sump, so I could theoretically keep up with the up-keep, if you know what I mean.
I just want something to promote good filtration, water quality, healthy animals, and ultimately, good sells. If I can even convince my manager to do this i'd have to be perfect, or else I may get fired during the test run.. LOL.
Here's the sketchup results (I just started using it yesterday, so forgive how n00bish it looks..)