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Old 11-27-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Do you need to have a Skimmer inside of your Sump?

I have a 135g fowlr tank and want to build a 40g sump. Do I need to have a skimmer inside the sump? I will have a section for micro balls. Any input would be appreciated. Thx
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The skimmer doesnt have to be physically inside the sump. There are plenty options available that work on systems of that size that don't need to sit inside the sump. I would still recommend having some type of skimmer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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Having the skimmer in the sump hides it from sight and you don't have to turn it off when taking off the cup to clean it out. You can let it run and not have to turn it off and on which would be a hassle and some can get unadjusted like that. You can hang the skimmer on a side of the sump and put the pump inside if you don't have enough room.
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What skinner would you guys recommend for this application?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:01 PM   #5
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A 40g sump is pretty decent size wise... Is it a breeder?
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Nope, not a breeder.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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Would you suggest a different size for my 135g tank?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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Gotcha. Either way, running a skimmer in the sump can be better, it's 1 less thing that can overflow But like someone already mentioned, you can run the slimmer outside and run a pump in the sump. I would check out some reef octopus skimmers. I'm about to get rid of my HOB and buy an in-sump once my new tank is up and running...
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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Would you suggest a different size for my 135g tank?
Usually good to go as big as you can fit. I'm building a 30 gallon sump for my 75...
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #10
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Perfect, I too am going to get rid of my hob and canister filters. Ive heard a sump will make a huge difference and very easy to maintain.
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