I have this burning desire for a sump/refugium and an easier way to change water. I've been playing around with some ideas and thought I would post my latest "brainstorm" to see if anybody thinks its do-able and or insane.
Space is an issue in my place. I'm using the stand that came with my tank and there isn't much room in there on a 46 bowfront, it's narrow and only 11" wide at the ends....kinda cramped. I've got "permission" from my girlfriend/roomate to take over some more space in the living room for this contraption as long as I put it in some sort of "attractive" enclosure. It'll be lower than the main tank and sit to the side. I've got about 4 feet to play with.
My idea (most likely done before, I just haven't seen anything.) is to have 3 seperate containers of maybe 10-15 gallons each. The left would be the intake from the overflow off the main tank with some baffles to stop the bubbles as well as a skimmer (HOT Aqua C Remora). From there it would go through a "T" with twin ball valves to the second tank. This same arrangement would be between the second and third tank (the refugium). The third tank would house the return pump to the main tank. This would allow me to shut off the flow to the middle tank and bypass it for quick and easy water changes. I thought about putting a hose bib on the front of it so I can run a short length of hose to a couple of buckets.
Does that make any sense at all? I'll work on a drawing of it when I get a moment. I'm actually in a class right now and must appear to my fellow students, and professor, to be feverishly typing on an assignment.
I've never worked with standard acrylic before. But I was a Corian fabricator for about 5 years and, while I don't want to sound like a bragger, I WAS very good at it. I'm assuming that some of the methods for fabrication are similar for both acrylic and "solid surface". I thought that if I didn't find some containers that are suitable I could make something, but I'm not postive I can pull off the fabrication without a learning curve of some type.
My other option would be a 30 gallon tank used as a sump/refugium and my water changes would still be easier, it just won't have the "maximum gizmosity" factor that I enjoy.
If anyone has seen a similar arrangement online, please, link me up!