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Old 08-16-2010, 03:10 PM   #11
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The way my house is set up my tank can only go against the wall one way! that sucks. But also means I don't have ample room to upgrade to a bigger tank.
Hmm. I'll have too look around. The thing about it is my stand is exactly 12" wide so it's the same width as the tank. The sump is about 13" wide. And about 4 inches longer than half the length of the stand. So the brace is completely in the way. It's gonna be hard trying to find a smaller sump. Now I just need a proper sized overflow box for a 55 gallon and I do take donations!

And Whitedevil, thanks for the help your giving me!
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #12
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You could make your own stand. I did on my 210 because the stand that came with it was too tall for me to work in the tank and enjoy it better.
I use a CPR100 overflow, check aquabid and ebay for them. they run around 100 brand new.
Did you take the tank off and try and put the sump in that way?

No worries, I just built 3 tanks with sumps all with same issue, sometimes spending 50 bucks to make your own from start to finish is worth it.
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Don't have the required tools to build one honestly. I tried putting the sump in at every angle but it's just too wide to fit for the tank. The tank is an established 6 years atleast now tank. I've owned it alone for almost a year now. I'm just tired of the hang on filter and the fact that I have to put water in thru the top of the tank. It's a pain.
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No offense, but if topping off a tank via the top and cleaning an hob filter is a pain, then adding a sump will just be more work for you. In a 55g you can easily have a nice system with an hob skimmer (save your pennies) and 25%-50% bi-monthly water changes. Even with a sump, you'll still end up purchasing a skimmer most likely, which will add to cost and possibly other frustrations. More biology, less technology : P
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I understand. I guess it's not a pain honestly. I have a horrible protein skimmer that's completely junk basically. It's got a sticker on it that says precision marine systems. I am going to upgrade that soon but I hate everything hanging in the inside of my tank.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:04 PM   #16
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I hate everything hanging in the inside of my tank.
Thats a great reason to use a sump

I'm not very experienced with building sumps, but I've heard of people using buckets or whatnot. Since it's hidden it doesn't have to look nice, it just has to be functional. Thats means use an aquarium safe container, and if it's plastic, make sure your heater won't melt a hole in it.
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