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Old 03-11-2003, 12:13 PM   #11
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Okay. Contrary to what the LFS told (don't use LR), I feel I should use a LR/LS combo as it will be better for my future "children." Also, now that I've learned that bio-balls are breeding ground for nitrates, I've decided to use a sump. In planning to get/make a sump... what do I need to look out for / do to the sump... in preparation for an external return pump and a protein skimmer? (Do PRotein Skimmers just sit in teh sump?)
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Protein skimmer can sit in the sump or not. I like in the sump because I use a submersible pump for it.
If you DIY you're going to need some acrylic or something to make baffles out of to keep the bubbles out of the return pump. Manufactured sumps already have baffles but ar more expensive. Lot of people use wet/dry boxes for sumps, mainly because they already had one before converting to a reef.
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With a simple sump, I know I need a bulkhead for the pump,

but do I also need one for the inflow from the 90 gal AGA R/R setup?

Will I need to cut holes in the lid for the skimmer?

Does anyone have a pic of their sump setup that I can view?
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Plumb the pipe from the main tank to a baffled compartment in the sump. No bulkhead, just come in through the top. I use a converted wet/dry so pics may not help. You don't have a lid on the sump. Shouldn't have lids on the 90 either for that matter.
I try to post a decent pic late, hopefully someone else will.
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THe link below will take you to a photo album showing my sump and plumbing on my 80.

http://www.vafishfreek.com/gallery/Sump_Photos

NOTE: You said you had a reef ready tank so you will have a built in overflow where I have a hang on overflow. As Mark said plumb the overflows from the main tank into your sump.

You dont need a bulkhead in your sump if your using a submersible pump. I have an external pump so I have a bulkhead on mine.

Note in my photos nothing is covered. The tank is open and the sump is open. This is to facilitate better cooling thru evaporation and also to maximize gas exchange.
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So when using the LR/DSB method, you are not using any mechanical or chemical filtration...correct?

Pros & Cons of submersible vs external return pumps anyone?
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