Just out of curiosity. Has anyone ever considered building something along the lines of a giant HOB
instead of a sump? A pump would pull water out of the tank and it would over flow back into it. I'm thinking of building a model 3' tall, 5" deep and the width of thank itself. Anyone think it'd work? I could probably incorporate a DSB
, and a fuge near the surface as well as install a HOB
skimmer on such a set up....
Really bad conceptual diagram.
To be more clear this won't really hang on the back of the tank but instead will rest on a base that's lower than the tank. The spill way will be near the tank. I'm thinking about using acrylic for the build.
Edit: just realized the fuge won't work. Everything will get chopped up by the intake. I'll go with a big skimmer instead in this design with DSB
The reason I'm contemplating this instead of a sump is:
1.) I don't feel confident in my drilling capabilities.
2.) I don't really have room for a sump.
3.) We need more experimenters in this hobby
note: I will probably not build this if I can find someone that will lend me a drill press. So that's a 80% chance of this build not happening. Just throwing this out there in case someone has the cajones to try.