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Old 02-24-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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5 gallon Sump Design

Will this sump design work?
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NO this design would flood the sump.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:34 AM   #3
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OK thanks. Guess I'll have to think of another design then.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #4
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Yes, technically it could work, but it is very unlikely. Basically you would need both pumps to be pumping water at the exact same rate. This would be near impossible to accomplish.

What you need is to replace the pump in the tank with a hang on tank weir or overflow box.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:44 AM   #5
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Don't try this design, you will be standing in a puddle! Ideally you would only have the return pump from the sump to the display tank and let gravity pull it from the DT to the sump. I have a good diagram of the sump I built and will post it on your thread tomorrow, may help you get a better understanding of sumps functionality.

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You need to research overflow boxes. Besides a 5 gallon sump may be redundant.
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The problem is that my tank has a built in lid so a overflow box will not work.

TomStav I can't wait to see your design.
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A closed loop system would work, like a canister filter.
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What size/ model main tank do you have? What lid? Just to get an idea of how it can be accomplished.

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A closed loop system would work, like a canister filter.
They work as a siphon and a return pump but have to be securely air-tight, which cannot be done with a sump, unless you simply plan on building a DIY canister filter?

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