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Old 02-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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suggestions on sump for 55 gallon

I am considering upgrading my 20 gallon FOWLR tank to a 55. I am wanting input on the best setup for a sump. Basically im thinking of using my 20 tall for the sump and looking at a reef octopus skimmer. other then that im really in the dark as far as where the compartments should go, what biomedia i should use, and whether to to an overflow box or just drill it. Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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The tall isnt a very good choice you'd be better off with a long but 20 gallons would be plenty but if you could find a 30 long that'd be perfect imo
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The tall isnt a very good choice you'd be better off with a long but 20 gallons would be plenty but if you could find a 30 long that'd be perfect imo
Ok I can search CL for one. What type of media should I use? Should I use the overflow method or will that not deliver enough water to the sump?
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The overflows gph is controlled by your return pumps gph..however much water is pumped into the tank will be drained from the tank but what are your plans for stocking this tank? Any coral? And are you wanting a refugium for macro algea and pod growth?
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
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i think the 20 high would be fine. thats what i am using on my 72 with a reef octopus skimmer. check my build thread for pics. theres a link in my sig.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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The overflows gph is controlled by your return pumps gph..however much water is pumped into the tank will be drained from the tank but what are your plans for stocking this tank? Any coral? And are you wanting a refugium for macro algea and pod growth?
I currently have a 20 FOWLR with 2 false Percs a bicolor blenny sand sifting sea star And then the CUC which right now is 2 hermits and a nice sized snail. I'm more looking to get an anemone for the clowns to home in but other then that nothing much. I'm not going to put anything else right now
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I'm debating on a ref. but I think I'm going to use a ten for my Musial when I try to grow my own
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #8
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So new development. My current tank stand is too short width wise to accommodate a 20 long or 20 wide it will fit a 10 gallon. What to do what to do?
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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I plan on using a 10g tank for my sump on a 60g cube tank. I can't even fit 24" inches under the 60g lol
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I plan on using a 10g tank for my sump on a 60g cube tank. I can't even fit 24" inches under the 60g lol
But will a 10 hold the bio an skimmer I need for a FOWLR?
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I plan on having a decent sized skimmer and no refugium. If the skimmer stays under 15 X 10 inches or so it should all fit. i figure about 5 inches for the return pump, an inch or two for the baffle and whatever space is left over for the skimmer.
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Here is a rough draft for my sump they are 2 10 gal tanks with a short 4 1/2 inch wide pipe between them
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:19 PM   #13
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Honestly man imo if your gonna do that much modding with 2 10gs your better off either buying a 20 long or just buying some acylic and do a fully custom setup
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #14
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Honestly man imo if your gonna do that much modding with 2 10gs your better off either buying a 20 long or just buying some acylic and do a fully custom setup
Yeah but the problem isn't the modding it's getting it to fit in those crappy stands pressboard stands lol
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Here's a picture of my 30 gallon if it helps. it's pretty standard. But if take out the fuge it would be about the same size as a 20 high. Do you plan on having an auto top off?
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Sorry here it is
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That looks good. I'm at a bad spot now I was going to do a in tank overflow but I'm worried my 55 gallon tank has a tempered bottom. And I also think that I'm going to have to build my own stand.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:00 PM   #18
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You could always drill through the side. You can make a box or get a kit from glass-holes.com A good lfs will drill the tank for you fairly cheap and they could probably tell you it is tempered or not.
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Here is the tank. It doesn't have any markings for a manufacturer on it.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:27 AM   #20
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If I were you I would try the sides. As far as I know they are not tempered. And as for building a stand, if you have a miter saw and a drill it's not too bad depending on how fancy you want it
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