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Old 05-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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To Sump or Not?

I'm thinking about starting 55 gallon salt water FOWLR aquarium soon, and I am researching protein skimmers, but first I guess I need to decide if having a sump or a hang on back model is best for a novice like me...and which skimmer would be best without breaking the bank....any info is appreciated
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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Sumps are much better then HOBs. They hide equipment, add water volume, reduce nitrates (with refugium), and provides more surface area for your BB. For the protein skimmer check out bulk reef supply and get in on a group buy from them on here with Carey. The reef octopus skimmers are good along with the bubble Magnus
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thanx for the info!!! Would a 20 gallon sump suffice for a 55 gallon tank?
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:47 PM   #4
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Ya that would be perfect. The 20 longs are best imo
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As far as power heads in a 55 Gall FOWLR, I read that 2-3 powerheads at 250 gph each would be about right for my tank...does that sound about right?
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2 powerhead on opposite side of the tank is fine. At least 550gph (total) is good in your FOWLR system. Sumps are a good thing for any SW tank.
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Check the size inside your stand. I'm also looking to add a sump but my 55 stand only has 11 inches front to back inside. So that rules out a 20 or even a 10 gallon standard tank. I'm trying to find a 15 tall tank.
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I've seen some sumps that are in sections in for instance a 20 gallon tank..besides a protein slimmer , what else would be in a sump below the main tank? Would the quarantine tank also be located below the main tank?
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I've seen some sumps that are in sections in for instance a 20 gallon tank..besides a protein slimmer , what else would be in a sump below the main tank? Would the quarantine tank also be located below the main tank?
You would have you first section usually a skimmer then a refugium (optional) and then you return section
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And quarantine tanks are completely seperate systems
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