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Old 10-31-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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sumps....

i was looking at a lotta pictures and i noticed a lot of people have sumps unter their tank. What do they do-how do you build one yourself? do you have to drill a hole into your tank? I read the article in the forum already but i still really dont get it. Any explainations? TIA
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Old 10-31-2005, 10:47 AM   #2
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Sumps are used to house unsightly peices of equipment and such like heaters, protein skimmers, ect...

A simple sump can be made out of a rubbermaid tub. Your water comes down from your overflow in your tank and into the sump. Then a pump in the sump pumps the water back up and into the tank. That is a simple as it gets.
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Try a refugium nycfatcow. They not only hide epuipement but help you with your bio load in the tank. Mine has 3 sections 1. Live sand with calerpa 2. Bioballs soon to be live rock rubble. 3. Skimmer , return pump and UV light.
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sorry but i still dont really get it. So a refugium....tell me if i got this right
take a 20 g tank spilt it up into 3 sections. one section with live rock another with bioballs or rock. and the third section with the heater and returnpump and skimmer? the water gets sucked outta the tank by??? and obviously the reurn pipe shoots it back in?
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do you have a picture of you refugium it would help a lot TIA!
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The first section has live sand and calerpa. My camera is broke does anybody have a picture of one. I`ll see if I can find a pic online.
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You don't have to have a refugium. A sump is just another tank tied to your main. It can be under your tank or in another room for that matter

You tank will need to be drilled or use an overflow box. Water drains via the overflow to the sump and then a return pump sends it back to the main. Having a place to put equipment is good but more water volume is good as well.

I have LR in my sump and I have a rubbermaid inside my sump that is my refugium. I have sand and chaeto in my refugium.
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If you decide to drill tank few pointers.

1. Do not drill tank yourself unless familiar with tools and hardware necessary to perform the job correctly.

2. Glass is extremely hard to drill and shatters almost instantly if done incorrectly.

3. If glass is tempered there is nothing you can do with it. Any attemps to drill will weaken it if not shatter it.

4. Broken glass in pieces is extremely sharp and dangerous handle with care. Glass shards act like splinters and will drive you crazy.

5. If wanting a drilled tank most get the rear glass of the aquarium drilled because most of the time only the bottom piece is tempered. Again have done at a glass company most times if they break it they buy it.

6. If not wanting to go threw this glass drilling nightmare just get an overflow box.
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