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Old 09-25-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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To Sump or To Not to Sump?

I was considering a sump for my forty gallon because everyone here's raving about them. But um...I don't know what a sump is. Well, I have a basic idea kinda. It's like where water overflows into a tank below, right? And then it goes back up? Is a five gallon sump big enough for a forty gallon tank???
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I am considering a sump for my 20 gallon. It is really good for filtration. People have recomended me using a 10 gallon sump so I guess you should use a twenty (confirm elsewhere because I am guessing) A sump filters (alot of biological filtration) and increases the water volume of your tank.
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IMO sumps are for SW. Unless your tank is already drilled or it's a large tank you will have to add a unsightly overflow box. I would put your money into a good canister filter for your 40 gallon.
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IMO sumps are for SW. Unless your tank is already drilled or it's a large tank you will have to add a unsightly overflow box. I would put your money into a good canister filter for your 40 gallon.
What's an overflow box??? Couldn't you just add PVC pipes and have the water go up and down into the sump?
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Thats what I was wondering.
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What's an overflow box??? Couldn't you just add PVC pipes and have the water go up and down into the sump?
Thats a canister filter.

A sump requires specialized equipment to keep water from flooding the sump. A small hole in the output inside the tank at the water line will break the siphon back into the sump to keep it from flooding when the pump stops. The overflow box holds the siphon when the pump stops this keeps the tank from overflowing when the pump restarts. Not to mention using the right size pump matched to the overflow with GPH verses head height.

It gets complicated!
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I need a way to figure out how to do all that for my 20 tall...
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OH my...okay, time to invest in a canister filter!
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I want the one that has a sump but I am ok with only using pvc pipes
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