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Old 12-07-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Thinking about bulding a sump for my 29 gallon reef tank. I was hoping for some suggestions or tips that anyone might have. I'm thinking about using a plain 10 gallon tank? Also wanna add a protein skimmer, but not sure about which one would be a good fit. Suggestions?
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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The biggest issue you're going to have with the protein skimmer is space. A 10 gallon just isn't going to have the length you need to fit everything unless that's sitting outside of the sump.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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Good point. Is it a problem to have it sit on the outside of the tank? Or what about a hang-on slimmer? Are they worth it?
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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I really don't know much about SW. I'm just reading now in an effort to setup my first SW tank next year. I have seen hang on ones so I assume you can do it just fine. I see others in the sump and raised up.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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I like having everything in the sump, less chance something could leak. Never used a HOB skimmer, but alot of people do. They work good because the water level will always be constant.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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What are you running now for filtration? In my opinion, a skimmer is a great thing to have but not totally needed on such a small tank. I've run or am running a 29g, 20g, and a 29 cube with no skimmer. It's all in the water changes and feeding which can dictate if a skimmer is needed.

The extra water volume would be nice to have as well with a sump but youre looking at some $$ to set one up. You'll need an overflow or drill the tank, the return pump, skimmer and the sump itself.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #7
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I have a hob canister filter right now. Hot magnum by marineland I believe. Anyways, I figured it would cost a bit, so I want to build one from scratch, little by little so I dont notice the cost so much lol and I think I can work it to where I don't have to drill anything. That will be a plus because I'm not breaking down the tank right now
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don't be afraid of drilling glass. it's a piece of cake.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:23 PM   #9
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+1 to drilling your tank.

Wish i had done it on mine. The peace of mind from a drilled tank is totally worth it.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:46 AM   #10
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I have a 29 as well, I'm setting up a seahorse tank and want a skimmer. I also will be using a 10 gallon sump. There are skimmers that will work, maybe we will find them together. So I am gonna 2nd the original posters question.
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Well then, the sumps you both have- how much room have you dedicated for the skimmer? Start there and then narrow your search with brand names and volume ratings.
You could try the Bubble Magus NAC + or the NAC 3.5.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:34 AM   #12
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Here's a picture of my ten gallon sump on my fowlr tank. I was able to fit my old mini-g in there with some lr its not to complex but it worked really well
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Holy kitchen sink batman!!! You managed to squeeze everything in there for sure huh? I thought I was going to have a difficult time later down the road with my 40g breeder LOL. If you can do all that in there I shouldn't have a problem. Nice job!
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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Thanks it 10 gallon was origanly only to house the skimmer but once everything was in front of me I realived I was able to fit a live rock and cheato section. . I still wish I have room like I do in my 20 gallon tho
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Wow, Paul! I'm designing a 29 gallon glass sump/fuge right now, and your sump is an inspiration! Here I was concerned about space!
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Thanks I'm glad my design is helping u out. Be sure to post some pictures so we can see how u made out..
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Will do, definitely. I intend to begin buying supplies next month, and work on it in my free time. I expect to have a finished product before spring rolls around. My design is pretty simply. 4 inch intake section with LR rubble to reduce splashing, and the skimmer, perforated baffle (or maybe one that overflows. Not sure yet), 16 inch long Refugium with DSB, macroalgae, etc, 3 baffles as a bubble trap, 6 inch return pump section, possibly with some mangrove shoots using the shallower water level in that section. All linear, right to left.
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Mangroves aren't really much as far as nutrient export goes. You would need many of them to match a ball of chaeto. They are a good conversation piece though.
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Mangroves in the return, chaeto in the fuge, and shaving brush in the display. I'm all about the plants, man. LOL
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I made a sump for my daughters 700 ltr tank. Worked out cheaper than on the net a self satisfaction is great seem them from £99 up on the net this cost half that and took a day to put together have ago and save urself some cash for something else all the best .
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