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Old 01-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #11
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Sure you can get a sump going with my stand I had to remove the center brace to make a 29 gallon sump fit but you could use a 10 gallon of a 29 or 20 long won't fit. A HOB overflow is easy to plumb and the baffles are easy to install. Your HOB skimmer can hang on the sump. I got a ato from a website called autotopoff.com. they have inexpensive ato that you can use without a sump.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:06 PM   #12
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Thanks i'll look in to that. I will see if there is a way to remove the center brace without causing my tank to tip. If so, I can probably fit a 20long down there. I do have a spare 10 I was going to use as a DT tank when I get new fish but I've just been drip acclimating my fish, but that hasnt seemed to work good if you check out my build thread. If I can remove the center brace, and the 20L fits, ill do that and keep the 10 as DT. I would need 2 pumps, a sand bed? the skimmer would go in the space where the inpipe is, then it will over flow to the fuge? then overflow to a 3rd chamber where I would put what besides a pump pushing the water back in? Would I still need my hob emperor 400 ?
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Clearly never had a sump before. I feel like I know how it works just dont know where to start.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #14
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If you can't or dont want to put a sensor in your tank for an ATO you could always use a cheap $20 aqua lifter pump like the Tom Aquatics one and just put it on a timer. They move like three gallons an hour max so you could have it on for like 15-30 mins to top off less. Also I use the Tunze Osmolator 3155 in my sump (& love it ), but it can go in the DT easily or even they have a nano version now that I bet you could get away with even though it says for 25 gal.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/tunze-...o-top-off.html

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:23 PM   #15
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Thanks i'll look in to that. I will see if there is a way to remove the center brace without causing my tank to tip. If so, I can probably fit a 20long down there. I do have a spare 10 I was going to use as a DT tank when I get new fish but I've just been drip acclimating my fish, but that hasnt seemed to work good if you check out my build thread. If I can remove the center brace, and the 20L fits, ill do that and keep the 10 as DT. I would need 2 pumps, a sand bed? the skimmer would go in the space where the inpipe is, then it will over flow to the fuge? then overflow to a 3rd chamber where I would put what besides a pump pushing the water back in? Would I still need my hob emperor 400 ?
After removing my center brace I cut two 2x4s to be a brace at the to sides of the opening. You will only need one pump the way I have mine set up is the first chamber I have filter sock and skimmer. Second chamber has 20lb rubble rock and the heater. Third chamber is return pump and the pump for my GFO and carbon reactor.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:27 PM   #16
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And yeah, I've been following your build thread.
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So how does the water come out of the display and in to the sump? Is that what an overflow is used for?
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ANd then a pump going from the sump back up to the DT
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Yeah that's the overflow box. You can find them online real quick even eBay will have them. If you buy one it will come with the overflow and the return. You will yen need to plumb it.
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Okay so I just gotta figure out if I can fit something under the tank. Would a 10g be sufficient on a 55g tank? How would I mount the return to the DT, I would need it to pretty much hook around and hang on the back would be Ideal. This would all make for easier top offs and water changes. I should of did this to begin with.
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