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Old 01-29-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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What is the point in a sump?

Hey I've bin running my tank without a sump just have a aquaclear 110 trickle filter and a seaclone protein skimmer and a few power heads and everything seems to be ok but I've read about these sump things and I've checked pic out but I don't understand the point? Can someone explain to me the reason I should get one please and thanks

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you dont need a sump but the xtra water volume helps with temp stabilty,water parameters,extra LR,DSB,to hide equipment,water changes,chemical treatment and a place to grow macro to remove nitrates.
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+1- It's also an added benefit to grow pods and other small critter that your fish like to Munch on- It also help as stated above keeping most of your equipment out of the main display tank. I would also look into adding a refugium to your system... HTH...
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you dont need a sump but the xtra water volume helps with temp stabilty,water parameters,extra LR,DSB,to hide equipment,water changes,chemical treatment and a place to grow macro to remove nitrates.
U said extra LR, DSB. What r they?
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+1- It's also an added benefit to grow pods and other small critter that your fish like to Munch on- It also help as stated above keeping most of your equipment out of the main display tank. I would also look into adding a refugium to your system... HTH...
What do u mean a refugium and HTH?
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Also what r macros?
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LR = live rock
DSB = deep sand bed
refugium = section of sump where you promote algae growth and the likes to prevent it growing in your tank
HTH = hope that helps
Macro algae is a good algae which helps remove nitrates from your system eg. chaetomorpha
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I got green slimy stuff growing on my substrate and it grows in some other spots and usually I have a orange spot sleeper goby in there to take care of it but he jumped out one night
But if I had a sump I could make that stuff grow only in there?
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Ok Nevermind I did a google search on chaetomorpha And I've seen this stuff before but not in my tank so if I get a sump how do I get it to start growing?
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you put it in the sump section with good flow and a light,just about any light will do,
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