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Old 12-07-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Thinking about bulding a sump for my 29 gallon reef tank. I was hoping for some suggestions or tips that anyone might have. I'm thinking about using a plain 10 gallon tank? Also wanna add a protein skimmer, but not sure about which one would be a good fit. Suggestions?
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:24 PM   #2
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The biggest issue you're going to have with the protein skimmer is space. A 10 gallon just isn't going to have the length you need to fit everything unless that's sitting outside of the sump.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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Good point. Is it a problem to have it sit on the outside of the tank? Or what about a hang-on slimmer? Are they worth it?
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:10 PM   #4
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I really don't know much about SW. I'm just reading now in an effort to setup my first SW tank next year. I have seen hang on ones so I assume you can do it just fine. I see others in the sump and raised up.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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I like having everything in the sump, less chance something could leak. Never used a HOB skimmer, but alot of people do. They work good because the water level will always be constant.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:31 AM   #6
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What are you running now for filtration? In my opinion, a skimmer is a great thing to have but not totally needed on such a small tank. I've run or am running a 29g, 20g, and a 29 cube with no skimmer. It's all in the water changes and feeding which can dictate if a skimmer is needed.

The extra water volume would be nice to have as well with a sump but youre looking at some $$ to set one up. You'll need an overflow or drill the tank, the return pump, skimmer and the sump itself.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:35 PM   #7
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I have a hob canister filter right now. Hot magnum by marineland I believe. Anyways, I figured it would cost a bit, so I want to build one from scratch, little by little so I dont notice the cost so much lol and I think I can work it to where I don't have to drill anything. That will be a plus because I'm not breaking down the tank right now
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don't be afraid of drilling glass. it's a piece of cake.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:23 PM   #9
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+1 to drilling your tank.

Wish i had done it on mine. The peace of mind from a drilled tank is totally worth it.
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I have a 29 as well, I'm setting up a seahorse tank and want a skimmer. I also will be using a 10 gallon sump. There are skimmers that will work, maybe we will find them together. So I am gonna 2nd the original posters question.
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