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Old 03-01-2020, 02:10 PM   #1
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Is my sump design acceptable?

I bought baffles to build a DIY sump. Itís a 29 gal and will be the sump for a 40 gallon reef. I have a HOB skimmer (AquaMaxx HOB 1.5). Here are the baffles

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The right side will be where water enters, the middle a refugium, the left my return pump.

My plan is the have water drain into a filter sock and then have the skimmer hanging in the section where water enters. I am anticipating adding chemipure elite for the GFO / carbon [when necessary] but Iím entirely sure where Iíll add it. Any advice is appreciated. The baffles will be adjusted left to right a little more - I just put them in to show the anticipated order and height.

Iím not sure what Iíll do as far as dosing goes when itís necessary. Iím thinking about a HOB calcium reaction like the AquaMaxx C-Tech T-NANO. Iíd probably also put that in the section with the skimmer or refugium.
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Looks fine to me. Only thing I wonder is Iím curious why you didnít design it to have the first chamber be large enough to fit a skimmer? But That hob skimmer looks pretty good so if youíre ok with it then a big fuge should help a lot.

On the reactor what kind of reef are you planning? Softy dominated? Lps/softies? Mixed? SPS/Acro dominated? Calcium reactors can be a blessing but also a curse as they can nuke a tank especially one that small.
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Looks fine to me. Only thing I wonder is Iím curious why you didnít design it to have the first chamber be large enough to fit a skimmer? But That hob skimmer looks pretty good so if youíre ok with it then a big fuge should help a lot.

On the reactor what kind of reef are you planning? Softy dominated? Lps/softies? Mixed? SPS/Acro dominated? Calcium reactors can be a blessing but also a curse as they can nuke a tank especially one that small.


I already own the HOB and didnít want to shell out of the money for a new one.. otherwise Iíd probably go with an internal one. More room I guess.

Iím thinking of a mixed reef. Honestly Iíll probably end up going with two-part but Iím put off by the lack of trace elements and accounting for salinity.
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Looks fine to me. Only thing I wonder is Iím curious why you didnít design it to have the first chamber be large enough to fit a skimmer? But That hob skimmer looks pretty good so if youíre ok with it then a big fuge should help a lot.

On the reactor what kind of reef are you planning? Softy dominated? Lps/softies? Mixed? SPS/Acro dominated? Calcium reactors can be a blessing but also a curse as they can nuke a tank especially one that small.


I already own the HOB and didnít want to shell out of the money for a new one.. otherwise Iíd probably go with an internal one. More room I guess.

Iím thinking of a mixed reef. Honestly Iíll probably end up going with two-part but Iím put off by the lack of trace elements and accounting for salinity.
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I used old magazines under the elevated baffle while the silicone dries. That and tape if necessary.
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I used old magazines under the elevated baffle while the silicone dries. That and tape if necessary.


Is this just to keep the silicon from making a mess? Thank you!
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No, just keeping things in place until the silicone is dry.
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