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Old 04-24-2011, 04:10 PM   #71
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What stops fish or snails from getting into the overflow box and down into the sump
You can make 'teeth', which lets the water through, but the spaces in between the teeth aren't big enough for snails and such to get through.
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Here's some pictures of examples.


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Hope this explains it a little better for you =)
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Here's a basic layout of something I may do.



(Blue lines is water flow. Grey line is water level in the sump.)

Three compartments would probably be fine. Knowing the amount of research I've done on the layout of the sump compartments, I could be totally off. But, this may be what I'm doing. Pre-made sumps usually have a good amount of compartments, which I believe is 3 or 4. It's really up to you. What you need/want and what you prefer really decide on what you do.

edit: You can also add another compartment for something like pot scrubbers or something. It's really up to what you want in it.

Dont put the skimmer before the fuge,you dont want to skim any pods,swap the fuge and skimmer section
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In the above plumbing diagram, what is the purpose of the orange line water flow?
Also known as a closed loop system,just for water circulation
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You can make 'teeth', which lets the water through, but the spaces in between the teeth aren't big enough for snails and such to get through.
Snails will go over the teeth and into the box,make sure you use a mesh on top as well.I found a snail in my pipework from my overflow box.
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Ah, thanks for the tips! I'll make sure to add some mesh. I'm sure Carey appreciates it too. She seems to be at her dinner now. =)
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Yep, LOL Just got home.

i love all the advice I've seen so far. I feel like I have a degree in sumps already hehe

I'm still gonna look for some sumps and post them to see if I am headed in the right direction
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I was looking at this sump:

Eshopps RS 200 Berlin Style Reef Sump, for tanks 125-225 gallons - AquaCave

is it a decent setup or do I need more compartments?
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This one looks way easy to setup.

Aquarium Wet Dry Filters: Aqueon ProFlex Sump Filtration System at FosterandSmithaquatics.com

I watched the video and it makes sense. The only concern I have would be the skimmer fitting in the last chamber. They don't give sizes other than the overall length.
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Both would probably work. The second one you posted actually does have the dimensions. Under the overview tab, its under 'Sump Dimensions (Chamber 3)'. That's the last chamber for equipment and skimmers, etc.

Also, I'd take into account the max flow. You want enough flow going through for it to be very effective.
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