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Ambition
06/20/2012, 04:08 PM
I am trying to make my sump as efficient for its size as I can for my 180 build and I am really lost in the process of doing this. Ideas and assistance needed and much appreciated. How do you figure out how many sections you need in your sump? What about the size of each section?

cloak
06/20/2012, 04:18 PM
I am trying to make my sump as efficient for its size as I can for my 180 build and I am really lost in the process of doing this. Ideas and assistance needed and much appreciated. How do you figure out how many sections you need in your sump? What about the size of each section?

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erock68
06/20/2012, 04:50 PM
Are you putting a skimmer in the sump? This will dictate, how much room, you have left. It will also help you determine, how tall the glass dividers, need to be. Each skimmer has a certain water depth, it needs to be in. Mine was between 8"-10" I made my dividers 9"

I tried to plan it, before the skimmer was in hand and had to redo my plans. Also, do you want to add a refugium, to your sump? That would be my middle section. What type (GPH) is your return pump? This will also dictate how much water, to keep in that section. This is where you will see the most evaporation, so keep that in mind. If I had to do it again, I would have gone bigger on my skimmer section, just so my filter sock, had more room. It works fine the way it is....just would like a bit more space. I have a 75g DT and a 30g sump.

Here is what I finally came up with:

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp348/taps8833/001-6.jpg

This is my fuge with chaeto added:

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp348/taps8833/Chaeto.jpg

Ambition
06/20/2012, 04:59 PM
Are you putting a skimmer in the sump? This will dictate, how much room, you have left. I tried to plan it, before the skimmer was in hand and had to redo my plans. Also, do you want to add a refugium, to your sump? That would be my middle section. What type (GPH) is your return pump? This will also dicatate how much water to keep in that section. If I had to do it again, I would have gone bigger on my skimmer section, just so my filter sock, had more room. It works fine the way it is..just would like a bit more space. I have a 75g DT and a 30g sump.

I will have a skimmer in the sump, a Reef Octopus SRO-XP2000I which as a 10.5"x12" foot print.

For nutrient export I planned on using an ATS. I have been told to go with a 12"x12" screen (slightly smaller because I will have a skimmer). I would prefer the ATS be in it's own acrylic "box" and drain into the sump (planning on feeding it with the drain lines).

My return pump is a Mag 12.

In addition to this, should I leave a small section for extra LR or is ~150lbs of rock in the DT enough for a 180?

erock68
06/20/2012, 05:08 PM
I will have a skimmer in the sump, a Reef Octopus SRO-XP2000I which as a 10.5"x12" foot print.

For nutrient export I planned on using an ATS. I have been told to go with a 12"x12" screen (slightly smaller because I will have a skimmer). I would prefer the ATS be in it's own acrylic "box" and drain into the sump (planning on feeding it with the drain lines).

My return pump is a Mag 12.

In addition to this, should I leave a small section for extra LR or is ~150lbs of rock in the DT enough for a 180?

I can't remember the exact footprint of mine..I do know that the way I have it, was 12" and I couldn't turn it the other way. I made that section 14" long. It is a tad tight, but works. Another reason I would want it longer, was the output, of the skimmer. I added an elbow, so it directs water down, into the sump. Without it on, it was a tad "splashy" noisy.



Another one from about 2 weeks, into my cycle. The water level looks high, because I had just "topped off" Remember too that, you want enough room, in your sump, to be able to hold the water from your DT, in case of a power outtage. It will drain until it reaches the syphon holes, in your overflow. Plus, how low you have your return nozzles aimed, from your pump. The lower they are, in the tank, the more water they can syphon out back to the sump.

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp348/taps8833/018-1.jpg