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Old 01-20-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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What exactly is a sump? Cuz I plan on getting a bigger tank and was wondering how you have to put it together and what it does? Do you need someone to install it for you? Or can you easily do it?
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A sump is a 2nd vessel of water aside from your display tank that can serve a number of purposes.

- It adds to your overall water volume, helping to keep parameters more stable.
- It can be used to hide unsightly equipment such as heaters and skimmers
- It can be used as filtration, both mechanical, and biological (especially if you add a refugium to the sump)
- It works as a great place to setup other additional equipment, such as auto top off systems, autodosing systems, reactor vessels/pumps, monitoring equipment, etc.

You can use any container that holds water as a sump. A lot of folks will use rubbermaid containers as their sumps. Most folks will use a second aquarium. They are easy to setup yourself, but you can also find ready-to-go sumps such as from aqueon. It is pretty easy to install a sump yourself. You can make it as simple or complex as you like. Just some basic DIY skills are required to transform an empty tank into a great sump.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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What are you confused by?
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:58 PM   #7
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I'm just saying he described it very well!
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