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Old 02-18-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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sump for 29 gal. biocube

I have a 29gal. biocube and was thinking of getting a sump take for it. Will this help my tank or am I just wasting money? Can anyone suggest a good sump tank that isn't overkill for my small tank?
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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Any water volume increase is a good thing. It adds stability to the system.

A 10g or a 20L would be adequate to make a sump for a 29g. Isn't the whole point of the Biocube system that it's self-contained though?
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Yeah, what Jim said.
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i want to make my sump but ive not found any clear intructions on how.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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Ive wanted to do this to my 14 biocube just to add more water to the system. If you ever figure something out let me know.
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Isn't the whole point of the Biocube system that it's self-contained though?
I agree thats how I started because it was easy to a newbie, but now I want to get more into building something to add more water as I have had my tank longer and dont have enough money to upgrade to a new tank. + 10 gallon minimum at dorm next year in college.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:27 AM   #6
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For inspiration/directions to make a sump, search AA and google Melev's Reef. Sumps aren't nearly as complicated as most people imagine. They use the same mechanical/chemical/biological filtration that commercially available filters use, but they offer the flexibility of customization. Just be sure to size your sump to handle all the water your overflows will drain from the tank if you lose power to your return pump.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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What would be the easiest way to do this without drilling anything?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:32 AM   #8
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HOB overflows are really your only option if you don't want to drill.
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Yup. HOB overflows are your only option. Most of the cheap glass aquariums are tempered glass which means they shatter when drilled. I mean, of course there are glass tanks that don't have tempered glass, but they aren't cheap like such.

Question. Are the biocubes acrylic or glass?
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Acrylic. Easy to scratch! haha learned that the hard way. Anywhere to get a cheap HOB overflow?
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