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Old 10-26-2008, 03:54 AM   #1
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adding a sump

hiya all,
iam thinking of taking my tank to the other level and adding a sump,
a few reasons why ,1, adding more water to my system
2, hide the equipment what is in the tank (which i
3, and so i can grow mangroves and cheato algae. (or
some other type of algae to control nitrate etc.)
my tank is not drilled so i would have to have a hob overflow but that would look better than the other eqiupment. i would still be using my 4ft tank just changing cabinets, getting a new one made, one which would house a sump.
i know it would be a difficult job and i would need alot of big buckets to store the water, lr. Would it be ok for the fish, corals and inverts to be stored in bags? how long could they last in bags?
i dont know much about sumps yet so i need to do alot of reading.
will it worth all the worth all the trouble of swapping cabinets over to add a sump.
any advice or links to helpfull site would be gratefull.
cheers will8

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Old 10-26-2008, 10:14 AM   #2
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Sumps are a great resource for exactly the reasons you pointed out. THe fish will be fine in bags for a while, but it'd be better to just get a 5g bucket or something to keep them in with a heater and an airstone, that way you don't have to worry about them or rush through the changeover and cause yourself to make mistakes because you're hurrying too fast.

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Old 10-26-2008, 11:38 AM   #3
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I agree with using 5 gallon buckets. Here is a good article on sumps and at the end it has links to part 2 and three.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sumps, Part I by Greg Taylor - Reefkeeping.com
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