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Old 05-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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I have a 90 gallon tank and was wondering what size sump you think would be good
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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You can go as big as you want. I'd go for 20-40. The more water, the better.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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I agree...just be sure to get an overflow valve in case your power goes off. Your tank would start to siphon and overflow your sump, leaving a river of water all over your floors.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:01 PM   #4
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I agree...just be sure to get an overflow valve in case your power goes off. Your tank would start to siphon and overflow your sump, leaving a river of water all over your floors.
Proper planning can easily avoid this. When I shut off my return (for reaching the bottom of my 110 gal, 31" tall tank) the return reverse syphons back to the sump. Once the water level falls below the return nozzle, the syphon is broken and the backflow stops. This happens well below my overflow as well, so does represent the worst case scenario ( same as a power outage). As I have ample room in my sump for the DT to do this backflow, there is no disaster or rivers. And then I can reach the sand without getting my armpit into the water.
My sump normal level is only about 8" or so to the top of the return baffle. That determins my sump capacity for backflow.

Word of caution, if you decide to go with a checkvalve on the return line, they can leak. If they do, and you didn't provide enough room in your sump for a full backflow of DT water, then you could have a disaster as mentioned. So, checkvalves are a "fool's caution" and may not provide adaquate protection. Proper planning will.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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Besides like the skimmer and pump would I need anything else besides the piping(which is just the PVC pipes)?
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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|Chaeto and a cheap CFL light bulb to keep it growing. An ATO is all but a must for a 90. I get about 1 gal per day of evap.

Then the options mount. Another pump to a reactor. Extra rocks for pods to grown in and get piped to the DT and feed the mandarin you get.
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Would you recommend a refugium or however you spell it? So I was planning on water from the tank going through the skimmer first then into the refugium then to the pump back to the tank..does sound good?
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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I have my 2 filter socks and skimmer in first chamber, 2nd chamber is 25lbs of live rock, chaeto, and heater. 3rd is my return pump, phosguard and carbon.

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #10
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I just wanna make sure I'm 100% correct before I make any moves with a sump..so you have the overflow box which connects directly to the skimmer which then pours into the refugium then that just pours into the next chamber where the pump is which shoots the water back up to the overflow box into the tank?
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