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Old 07-24-2005, 06:58 PM   #1
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Some more sump plans that need approval

Found an 18g that i could use for a sump for my 75g FOWLR that i'm building. I would like to go with Fuge & Skimmer. Is this design decent?




Was also wondering if i split the 18g into 3 compartments so i could include a fuge, that would only give each area 6 gallons of space. Is there a way to do all three (skimmer, fuge, pump) with this 18g? Or would it be best to do the first design or something different. Trying to be frugal here.
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something like the pic in this thread would be better, and it hardly requires any work to do either. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=57347
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Old 07-24-2005, 08:51 PM   #3
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so it's ok if my fuge is only 6gallons of space?
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yeah its fine. like most things the bigger the better but there are commercial units that are only 3 gallons and some of the bigger ones top off at about 5gallon. it really boils down to what you want to keep in there, really. if you going to do a mini DSB it might be a little cramped in there, but if you wanted to do live rock/algae that would be fine. the design (not volume) is really the most important thing, you should try to make sure it gets a flow of fresh water but not so all the water in the fuge is turned over all at once, you want the water to stay in there for a little while, have some bleed off and then replenished with fresh water from the tank.
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but it's ok if i don't have any plans for chemical filtration or bio ball type stuff?
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well those are 2 of hte 3 types of filtration, chemical uses carbon, and biological use bio balls. there are work around for biological filtration, like using alot of live rock, or using a Algae truf scrubber for example. would you mind going into deal about what your thinking of using ?
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:28 AM   #7
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i'm going to have an 18gallon sump. And i just want to use it as best as i can. So I was thinking fuge, skimmer & return pump. How big each compartment should be i don't know. I was also thinking about incorporating the skimmer and pump return compartment together so that i only have a total of two compartments, fuge & skimmer/return.

I also have an emporer power filter that uses carbon. I could use it as a HOB chemical filtration on the sump in the skimmer compatment but i don't knwo if that's even worth it. So those are my questions i suppose.
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