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Old 03-14-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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Bubble Traps

Sorry if this is a stupid question:

Why are bubble traps so important when constructing a sump?
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:26 PM   #2
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the water comming from the main tank into the sump will be mixed with some air and create bubbles. If you put a skimmer into the sump, there might be more air bubbles released into the sump. If you construct an bubble trap the bubles are getting taken out of the water and you won't pump water with bubles back into the main tank. Bubbles in the main tank are ugly
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:01 AM   #3
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Simple, and precise. Thanks!
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Even with a bubble trap I get some bubbles, not counting powerhead burps. I put a thin layer of filter fluff in the first (downward flow) comparment, which helped. I'll chuck it every week. It ends up being a mechanical filter, as well, which is a plus.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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