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Old 05-08-2012, 06:45 PM   #11
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Thanx for all the info MrC....so if I decide against the refugium, then I just need two sections in the sump tank.....One for skimmer & other section for return?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:37 PM   #12
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Yep that would be just fine, have your water drain into your skimmer section then add a bubble trap then have your return with your return pump. did you get measurements for your stand though to see what will fit? Keep in mind though there is more then one way to design a sump so Google DIY sump build or something and get as much info you can to find what will work best for you and your tank.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:12 AM   #13
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Oh ok...I'm still in the fact finding phase, tryin to learn as much as I can..Don't wanna run out & buy things without understanding all that I need to know first...I'm learning alot though
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:38 AM   #14
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Go the sump with a decent skimmer far better in long run increases water capacity in tank, the more water per fish the better.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:03 AM   #15
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Check out ebay for sumps that will fit better inside of your stand than regular aquariums.

For example, this sump has baffles in place, and is only 9" in width but is a 21gallon sump:
21 Gal Refugium-Sump Wet/Dry Aquarium Filter 36X9X15 | eBay

I have an 18 gallon version of the exact same thing and it rocks It's a little more expensive than an aquarium as a sump though.
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