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Old 04-27-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Sump

What would I need to turn a 55 gallon tank into a sump? I plan on buying a 180 gallon this summer and I have a vacant 55 gallon in the garage. What kind of time/hassle am I dealing with? What materials would I need? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:00 PM   #2
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Following along I may have the same issue....
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:19 PM   #3
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Of course I should probably start by asking if a 55 is a big enough sump for a 180 DT.
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yep,big enough.but is it too tall to get equipment in and out of it in the stand
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I'm building the stand and canopy myself, I'm making it very tall so that you won't have to stoop to view the DT.
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Thanks I got my answer early on! I want a low stand so i can reach in and do stuff in the tank. lol

Appreciate the thread guys...a premade sump it is for me then!
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Lucky you, I still need answers. Lol
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lol sorry wish I could help. I am the super noob at this. i have my own help thread for dummies on here just for the basics. hehe

The guru's will come along, it's been kinda slow lately it seems here. Maybe the holidays and the beginning of the week explains it...

Still gonna follow though
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
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Lol, I have time. I'm definitely keeping the 55, and I have nothing going in it. I won't have the new tank for atleast a few months.
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We need details:

Do you want to drill the tank?

Do you want a fuge?


but in time/hassle it depends how able you are with your hands,
Being a computer nerd, I am not very good when it comes the those things and I built my sump in 5 hours total work time, not including silicone dry and cure time, and pvc cement dry and cure time.

But that doesn't include the research, I designed my own pipe style overflow, it's more of a self priming syphon to be exact, so that added some time to it.

Cost was around $120 considering I salvaged a pump I had lying around.

Hassle wasn't that much, considering I enjoyed my work.

But the time is really a relative thing, my sump is simple so it didn't take long, pipe in, pipe out, a fuge, a stand in protien skimmer, 4 baffles.
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