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new compact sump reqd!

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#1 john h

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:24 PM

im after a new sump design to try and create some space at one end for storage containers for top up and dosing etc.
at the moment i have a 30x12x15 tank divided along its length.but im sure with the vast knowlege base out there a taller more compact one can be designed.it needs all the required elements for a good sump.
dimensions of available cabinet space are:........76cm long x 28cm deep x 60cm high(allowing to get pumps in and out)
height that overflow pipe enters cabinet is 58 cms the main tank is about 200ltrs poss a little less with rock.
a (bad) picture of the current one is below but the skimmer is now a v21000 in the return section not the deltec shown,also the bag of phos remover has gone along with the rock pile in the overflow section.
hope theres enough info here

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#2 ben


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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:51 PM

one thing i used to do was have a food grade container sitting on top of the sump which would hold the top up water.

if you were to use the same sump i would have a small area at one end for the inlet, and a chamber at the other end that fits the skimmer and return pump, and then have the middle as large as possible for a refugium.

having a taller sump is fine for water volume, but not always best for the skimmer or the chaeto. a seperate container above it would be better for top up water

#3 Guest_chriss_*

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 07:57 PM

Hmmm, a small space. Like Ben says, I think the best thing to do would be to stack your new containers on top. I wouldn't make your existing sump any smaller, that will just reduce the system volume.


#4 Jonesie



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Posted 14 August 2009 - 08:01 PM

This is my tall and compact sump in the cabinet of my rio125

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Am now having the same problem you have with where to add a compartment for top up.
I am considering a container outside the cabinet but hidden away.

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