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Old 07-11-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Sump?

I've recently decided to start setting up a reef tank slowly and have been researching before I go out and spend the money. I'm planning on a 60 gallon tank, starting with only live rock and slowly adding corals and hearty fish after a good while of cycling. The main problem i'm confused on now is the sump. I've seen so many different set ups that i'm not sure what would be the best to use. Initially I thought a sump was just a separate tank with a filer on it and a place to add chemicals. In researching i've found more than one divided tank stuffed with bioballs.

What do you use on your tanks? What do you think is the most beneficial sump to set up for a reef tank?
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A sump is a place to hide pumps, heaters, filter media and skimmers. It also adds more water volume. In addition it can house a refugium.
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From what I have seen, a sump with live rock for biological filtration is the best way to go. (instead of "bio balls") I'm working on a sump for my tank (whenever I get the money to buy it..) and it's probably just going to be empty with a skimmer and heater and an external refugium in there somewhere.
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I like to have my sump be divided into three sections. First is the refugum that has some macro growing and a little live rock. That flows into the center section that has my skimmer and heater and any other equipment you want. The last section is for the pump with a way of taking out the bubbles. I think that is better then bioballs.
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Thanks for the ideas. There seem to be so many different options and everyone has a favorite so i'm a bit lost. I'll definitely look into those links. I haven't run across that one before. :]
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Good link about sumps:Melevsreef.com - Welcome!

Pat8you Melev doesn't recommend that the fuge be in the first part of the sump.
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Pat8you Melev doesn't recommend that the fuge be in the first part of the sump.
I`m sorry to hear that. Melev must be wrong then LOL. I have my fuge first also. Mine has worked nicely like that.
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I`m sorry to hear that. Melev must be wrong then LOL. I have my fuge first also. Mine has worked nicely like that.
It would make sense to put the fuge first, because the skimmer removes stuff that would be otherwise broken down in the fuge... right? -learning-
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I`m sorry to hear that. Melev must be wrong then LOL. I have my fuge first also. Mine has worked nicely like that.
I think it is mostly if you are growing copepods for feeding, you don't want them going through your skimmer. IMO
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