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Old 08-29-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Sump Size?

I am making a DIY sump (its kind of a wet dry filter but I dont know if there is any difference) anyway, I was wondering if there is a certain amount of gallons that it has to be or what. The tank is 125 gallons. Any help is appreciated!
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There isn't an official size but the bigger the better.
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So if I had a 30 gallon would that be ok or should I use a 55 gallon aquarium?
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what are you using this sump for? will you have a skimmer in it, and a refugium as well? if it's just to increase water volume a little and hold your heaters and such, a 30 is fine.
you really have to figure out what your needs are.
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It will possibly be holding a skimmer, if I cant find a HOB one. Would it be Ok if it is a rubbermaid tote?
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Totes work great, just make sure it can hold the weight of the water. If it's a weaker tote double it up.

I'd avoid plastic numbers #1, #3, #6, and #7 as they can leach into the enviroment.

Usually you want a sump about equal to 25%-50% of your main tank.
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i would use the 55 i think you already have, if you can fit it in the stand. just glue in a few partitions and your good to go. i would not trust a thin, walmart, plastic tote. also, you are going to want to see into it it. glass sides would be nice, especially if you plan on putting it in your stand.
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It's an Iron stand so I will have to see what I will be able to do
This is what the stand looks like.

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