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Old 12-05-2017, 01:04 AM   #1
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Eahopps 300 wet dry

Hello i found a cheap wet dry system. I was wondering if this will work for a sump? Also if so is it possible i can take out one of the wet dry compartment so i can add my protein skimmer and the last one for the return?
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Depending on tanks size and your set up you don't need both chambers of media.
The problem will be that the PS should be in a section of sump that never has fluctuations in water level as that will effect the skimmers performance.
I run my skimmer in last section of my sump but I waterbridge a 29g to my sump to diminish the effects of evap.
You could always get an ATO for the sump if fluctuations are really a problem.
IMO the dividers/overflows are to control micro bubbles from re entering the tank.That may also be a problem with having the skimmer last in sump?
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So would i be better to have the last compartment skimmer and return pump if its raised?
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No the last chamber fluctuates the most .
If you pump to skimmer through hose then the effects may be less noticeable. But skimmers with pump attached may be more effected by volume changes .
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Though it could work, I normally recommend against purchased sump systems. I made the mistake and it just didnt do what I needed it to.
Tie this in with wet dry being obsolete tech, Id rather a spare aquarium or sump made out of grade 2 plastics.
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I have a 40 breeder that i was going to make into a sump Im just not to sure how to make the baffles
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Don't get too stressed over the baffles. You can simply get some glass cut at any hardware store and silicone it into place.
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Is there a proper way they should be up? I know i viewers some online where they had the overflow go into socks for the sump then the water goes up and over 3 baffles them under one after the protein skimmer to the return pump
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Also what kind of sand can i use besides the live sand? Is it pool filter sand?
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:05 AM   #10
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Thats a pretty basic setup. Nothing wrong with it at all.
As for sand, either of those will work. Keep in mind pool filter sand is silicate based and youll have a longer diatom bloom. Other than that, only difference is color and grain size.
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Would something like this work? Seems pretty simple concept Click image for larger version

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That would work. Skimmer after the socks before the sponge and baffle which will function as micro bubble trap
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That is as simple as it gets. For 55 bucks I'm in the wrong business though. Could 3d print that for pennies on the dollar.
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I keep thinking i will just go to hardware store and do it myself but Im not sure how to make something for the socks
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Glass is not cheap as many think..Many buy tanks at the $per gallon sale just to harvest the glass for projects..
The socks /sock holders will cost you close to kit..
https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=...Q0QwIMA&adurl=
I make my own and there are plenty of DIY sock holder vids out there.
For high flow and people without hole saws I really like the rectangular socks.
You might be fine with just one of those?
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