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Old 01-02-2011, 02:21 AM   #1
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Multiple Tank Sump Setup

Here is a design, Ive been playing with, for hooking up two display tanks to one system still being able to shut each tank off individually. Im sure theres threads with this same kind of thing but I dont have much to do, plus I could use some imput. Also if anyone was wondering how to do it here may be some ideas.

This is the setup with just a sump. You can use any tank for any of the three. Im planning on fashining my own custom acrylic sump and using a 55g for one display and a 30g or 46g for the other. You can completly customize these to whatever setup you have, I want mine to have the display tanks back to back but in diffrent rooms seperated by a wall and the sump in the basement. The important thing is to have two seprate return pumps to each tank so you can work on one while the other is still going.

The second is with a refuge or a frag holding area, which is what Im most likely going to use mine for. That will be the setup Im planning on completing within the next year or so. Last is just an outline of the acrylic sump I plan to make and use. Any ideas or suggestions would be great.
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I like it. But I would use the first pic then add fuge to middle. Using a pump to fill side fuge area isn't necessary. More water volume is always good.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:39 AM   #3
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Yes that may save a little power good thinking. There really is no need for the extra fuge area. Unless I had a surge of frags ha. Thank you good advice.
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i had something similar, but i didn't have to go a whole floor down. mine was a 195 in wall display, and what ended up being 3 coral tanks all plumbed into a common 125 gallon tank which was set up as a sump with refugium.
here's an early shot with a 26 gallon acrylic tank suspended from the ceiling (i eventually replaced that with a 30 breeder)

here is the 125 sump. i think the refugium is about 50 gallons or so.


then i removed 2 of the breeder tanks and added a 150 gallon shallow coral tank-


please excuse the wire mess...it was a work in process, and quite functional.

i used a mag24 for the return on the 195, and assorted pumps for the returns on the other tanks. quiet one 4000 was used for that shallow 150 and smaller mag drives for the breeder tanks.
i always wanted to build a pipe system with valves so i could redirect the water whenever i wanted, and use a single pump for all. i found the multiple pumps to be a big P.I.T.A.

btw, i would never have used HOB overflows for this setup, and i suggest you drill those tanks also. if something happens, it's going to happen big. say one of those HOb overflow boxes loses siphon. that whole sump will be on the floor of the room behind it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
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Wow, very nice setup. Even with the cord mess it looks like a genius work. Very good idea with the overflow box. I never trust them anyways, the one I use now usually has an air bubble in the syphon everyday I wake up. I got to open the valve on the return pump then close back down to get it out. Can't figure what's causing it.

So mrX, how many tanks you have in that setup and what are you using them for. I feel like your the one to talk to after seeing your setup. I am impressed. Did you ever get anywhere with your one pump plan cause seems like the way to go.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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Another consideration, especially since you're going up from the basement, is to drill for external return pumps. Having all those large pumps in that sump are going to create a large amount of heat.
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i agree. that's another thing i forgot to mention. i wish i had drilled that 125 for an external return pump.

i had the 195 and the 3 coral tanks running simultaneously, and then removed 2 of them for the shallow tank.
i used the system to sell livestock on a large scale. it started out as a hobby, but quickly turned into a business.

no, once i had the submersible pumps running, i put the piping idea on the back burner. on my next system i'll have a single return pump though. i'll be sure to put up a build thread.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #8
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Very cool. I would really like plans on the single pump setup. So what's your business name, I would love to give you some! Are you online or out of location?

external return pump, great knowlage. Defiantly going into design.
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it was Marine Life LLC. i have closed the business for now. i have shipped a lot of livestock, and also sold some local.
i'm not sure i'll be doing a full scale store in the future. i'll keep you posted.
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I like the sump and fuge idea. Only thing though, and maybe my limited plumbing and water flow knowledge is kicking in but...

Looks like that design never really allows the water to flow thru the fuge area. Looks like both tanks empty then flow directly into the return pumps. Is it just me, again not undersatnding that well?
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