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Old 07-12-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Sump Question

I recently cycled my 30 gallon sw tank. I have since added a clownfish, hermits and snails. The question I have is about the 10 gallon sump I am adding to the tank. I plan on running a skimmer down there and maybe some activated carbon.

If I were to have a hob filter running in the sump, would it even matter? I was thinking in terms of particles in the water but if the hob filter is in the sump, would the effectiveness be reduced to nothing because the overflow wont be picking up any particles in the water. Is this right or am I wrong? If it is true should I just leave the hob filter on the main tank?

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Old 07-12-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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I wouldnt put the hob on the sump, like you said the overflow should be getting the particles out. Will you be using a filter sock in your sump? Cause that too will get the particulate matter out.

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Well should I just run a filter sock in the sump and forget about the hob filter? I was just concerned that the overflow wouldnt be picking up enough particles in the water because it is at the surface. I've never had an overflow so I wouldnt really know lol
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In the back of the overfllow before it goes down to the sump there should be a sponge filter. I would think the filter sock can handle the remaining debris making your hob not needed. thats the joy of a sump, get rid of everything up above and get it hidden and below.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:33 PM   #5
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Just out of curiosity, is there enough room in sump in the event the return pump fails? If you shut off return pump, how many gallons will drain from the 30?
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