View Full Version : Sump for a 90g

12/04/2008, 05:06 PM
I am building a 90g setup, and am in need of advice. I will be using a Euroreef in sump skimmer, and am also considering integrating a fuge. What size AGA tank would work best for this purpose underneath the tank inside the stand? Euroreef has some of their own sumps for sale on their website, but I don't think there will be adequate space for a fuge in their units. Any advice you can give is appreciated. I would also be curious to see anyone's current setups so I can get some ideas. Thanks!

12/04/2008, 05:21 PM
I have a 90 AGA with a 30 gallon sump. I have a Euro-reef 135 skimmer, fuge, and return section. The 30 gallon fit easily. I wish I could have fit a 40 breeder but I don't think it would have worked.

12/04/2008, 05:23 PM
30 or 29? I believe thats a 36" tank, correct? Did you put in all the baffles yourself? Any pics you have would be awesome. Thanks!

12/04/2008, 05:50 PM
Anyone else?

12/04/2008, 06:25 PM
It is a 36" 30 gallon. Yes I did put the baffles in myself. Had them cut at a glass shop. I'll see if I can get some pics.

12/04/2008, 08:06 PM
I had lowes cut my glass for me, They do it for free. I think the glass cost about $8.00

12/04/2008, 08:55 PM
I have a 30 gallon sump with my 75. I used acrylic baffles -- and yes they will hold with silicone, the sump has been running for 6+ years. I have an ASM 1GX in the first chamber, then a fuge, then the return section.

When I first built it,


Over run with macro. ;)


12/05/2008, 04:41 AM
Thanks for the replies. I think I am going to try and go after something like Todd's setup, except for an external return pump. Everyone is telling me to use an Eheim 1260/1261 or a Mag 9.5. I really prefer to have everything contained, and I will be using an internal overflow so its one less thing to worry about plumbimg! I appreciate the help!

12/05/2008, 06:52 AM
Hey Todd -How tall are your baffles? I'm planning that exact setup for my 90, and wasn't sure how high I could go with the baffles and still allow for power outages

12/05/2008, 07:18 AM
30L works good. 40B would be better if you can fit it. Its also 36" long, but 18" wide. The interior of a 90G stand is usually 17". If the stand is made so that the sump can stick out the back a little, I would go that way,

12/05/2008, 08:47 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13879258#post13879258 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ecoreefer
Hey Todd -How tall are your baffles? I'm planning that exact setup for my 90, and wasn't sure how high I could go with the baffles and still allow for power outages

I can measure them tonight when I get home from work, But off the top of my head I would guess around 8-10 inches.

12/05/2008, 03:31 PM
Awesome, thanks!

12/05/2008, 05:16 PM
Here are dimensions of standard AGA (Aqueon) tanks: http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/standard-aquariums.htm. The 30-gallon (36"L x 12"W x 16"H) tank looks about right.

12/05/2008, 07:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13882667#post13882667 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ecoreefer
Awesome, thanks!

These measurements might be off by a 1/4 inch or so, since I had to measure from the outside of the sump, and used the bottom of it, I am sure the trim changes the height a bit, but I was consistent with each.

From RIGHT to left,

12 inches high,
12 inches high -- 2 inches off the bottom of the sump
11.5 high. (( there is 2 inches b/t them ))

The last one, b/t the fuge and the return section is 11.5 inches high. That one has slots cut into the top of it, like this,


12/05/2008, 07:25 PM
Todd, thanks for the pics and help. Looks like and awesome setup. I will be PMing you for a quick spec sheet when I am ready to build, hope you don't mind!

12/05/2008, 07:28 PM
Don't mind at all, glad that I could be some help.

And that someone appreciates my advise --- sorry that is because of another post directed at me in another section. :)

12/05/2008, 07:37 PM
No problem - I understand completely! Could you email a rough diagram and materials list over to [email protected]? If I lose this thread or your s/n this will save me a headache! Thanks!

12/05/2008, 07:40 PM
Sure thing. I will do that sometime tomorrow --- had a minor procedure done on my back yesterday, and the pain pills have fried my brain (( though some will claim there isn't much of a difference. ;) ))

But, in the meantime here is a link to some pictures that I took when I was making it.


12/06/2008, 05:05 AM
Thanks Todd you're the best!