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Old 01-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #1
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Sump Setup Advice

I just purchased this 40g sump for my 135g tank. I also purchase an aqua metic turboflotor t1000 skimmer and a return pump. I have 10" with over flow boxed.
1?- how should I set my sump up? Return, refugium, skimmer... So on...
2?- do I need to run both overflows?
3?-does anyone have feedback on the skimmer?
4?- the skimmer is missing its lid, will this be a problem?


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Old 01-03-2013, 01:39 AM   #2
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Very sleek sump. And I have the same skimmer. Works great and my friend who uses the same one on his 300 gallon tank has had it for 8 years and still works great. Well it can overflow or build up a lot of foam. Using a left over lid from a jar would help.

Usual order is: filter sock, protein skimmer, refugium, then return. You can always switch the order, but having the skimmer before the refugium makes it so that it doesn't suck up all the pods that will flow over to the next chamber.

I have 2 overflows, but one is used for emergency. Depends how you want to plumb it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:45 AM   #3
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That's great news. I totally scored on this set up. Everything cost me around $115. Can I run a single sock and skimmer in first chamber? In second I was going to do bio balls/rings on bottom and a refugium on top (using a piece of acrylic with holes of water flow) the flowing into the return... I'm so happy that I've heard suck great news about the skimmer.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:51 AM   #4
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Jealous! Rock rubble would be better, but I'm sure one rock works. I don't recommend bio balls b/c they are nitrate factories. Just do the refugium (with sand or rock rubble).
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Rock bubble...? Foreign to me. Can you specify
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:53 AM   #6
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The way it is set up right now is hang on the back. Being that it has no lid on, you'll probably end up with organic waste on the floor...If you can fit it, I recommend putting it in the sump. That way you don't have to turn it off and on everytime you take it out to empty (which for me is 3-5 days).
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #7
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Rock bubble...? Foreign to me. Can you specify
Rock rubble are just small pieces of rock that you can buy or it comes with rock that you order. Basically what breaks off of the pieces of rock.
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Yeah I don't want to use it as a hob. So do you think I'd be able to use it in the first chamber where the water enters the sump. In refugium- sand bed, rock, and chaeto?
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:26 AM   #9
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Yeah you could put it in the first chamber. Are you going to have the filter sock there b/c I doubt they would both fit. For the refugium, exactly. And you can get a $10 reflector and CFL light bulb from Home Depot or Walmart as long as it's 5000K-65000K.
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I m almost positive that both will fit in first chamber. I'm going to double check after work. Also as for my inlet from my overflow to my sump- should I plumb in a gate valve? And is the water just gravity fed?
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