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Old 01-10-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Sump - Necessary?

Is a sump necessary? And what exactly is it for?
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A sump is for several things. For one, it is additional water into your system. More water makes it harder for mistakes. Secondly, It provides a place to store equipment. Anything from skimmers, scrubbers, pumps, heaters...whatever, can be removed so its out of the display so it can look better. It can also house a refugium to assist in nitrate and phosphate exportation.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:46 PM   #3
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Any suggestions where to find one at a reasonable price?
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Build one yourself. Save you hundreds and its simple.
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Anything can be used for a sump..just depends on the space. People have used rubber maid containers, aquariums like 10 or 20 gallon an some people by pre made ones. You can put baffles and compartments if you want but it's not a necessity
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Is it not advised to make a long low sump with a big footprint? My cabinet has screwy dimensions. Tupperware for under the bed would fit
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I wouldn't even know where to start.. Do you put your filter and skimmer in it?
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I too am building a small refugium, i was curious about using a tubbermaid tote? Or if a wet dry tower diy would be good? I was curious of putting the wet dry in the rubbermaid sump, and using the rubbermaid tote as a refugium
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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So basically you make a sump and put your filter in it and put it under the tank?? What about the piping to the tank? My 55 gallon tank is glass so I can't drill holes in it..
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you can drill into glass as long as its not tempered glass. you need diamond drill heads though
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