Originally Posted by David S
I have answered your thread with the ** at the beginning of the line.
Are you putting a skimmer in there,if not you dont need baffles
Let's revisit, please. My apologies, I did not give your very considered reply justice sooner. I was a bit overwhelmed with the advice coming from the LFS
(and this their design).
Re: flow questions I raised, I discovered a bad seal in the far right (last baffle) closest to the return pump. Once this was corrected, flow now seems much better. Return pump is a MagDrive 7. Overflow box is Glass-Holes 700 kit.
Re: what's to be in my sump? I'm no longer comfortable with the original suggestions of design and content (what goes in it) made by the LFS
, because the advice has proven inconsistent, incomplete, and the design issues raised. BUT, it's not too late to change any of it albeit I am in the midst of the cycling (now day 9) but am adding/swapping out some dry live rock this week.
That said, the original design & plan suggestion:
-1st section for drain, LR
, and protein skimmer (section size: 9.25" x 11.5");
-2nd section: macro/microalgae (chaeto and caulerpa) (size: 11.5" x 11.5")
-3rd section: return only. (size: 4.5" x 11.5"
My current thinking
-1st sect: Drain and
...the rest if all confusion, as not sure if best place or room for skimmer, etc. and would I need to modify the plumbing... etc.?
-2nd sect: mud layer?? (in place of LR
rubble?); macro/microalgae from ReefCleaners...specific package not decided
-3rd sect: remains return.
I am willing to redo the sump (if reasons justify the expense and labor), if benefits outweigh the cons. I can install a temp sump inside of 15 minutes in the way of a 5g bucket (which I used and tested fine when I pulled the 20g sump to reseal for the leak) which will maintain good water throughput.
David, I've looked at your designs and photos... all seem very well thought out.