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Old 08/05/2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Best sump design

I was searching out designs for a sump for my 180. I picked up a 65 gallon tank that I am going to use. I was just wondering if anyone had some designs. Google has thousands of them. I plan on having a skimmer, live rock, and chaeto in the sump. The pump I have is an external pump. Im looking for a design to keep microbubbles to a minimum. If anyone has any pictures on how I need the chambers set up, please post them. Any advice is appreciated.


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Old 08/05/2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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I will draw some up that would be perfect for you from my personal experience. Just let me know an email or whatever you want me to send them to as I will be using paint software probably lol.


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Old 08/05/2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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drain/skimmer section ||| return | fuge

| denotes baffle

Search the DIY forum... lots there. Pay particular attention to posts by uncleof6.


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Old 08/05/2011, 04:52 PM   #4
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This seems to be what the highest quality tanks are using.
In this video you can see this exact sump used on an 2400 Gallon Reef System.



The sump is seen at about 6:30 in the video.


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Old 08/05/2011, 05:05 PM   #5
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@Fish

I use the same design and love it!

I want to add a fuge as well, and im thinking of T-ing off my return to another section after the return and have the fuge over there with a spray bar of some sort / have it drain into the return section, but only have one baffle with teeth in it so it slowly falls and doesnt create alot of bubbles. Just a thought as i kind of want to make another / larger one.

Thoughts?

sorry for the hijack! Figured more ideas = better for all of us!


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Old 08/05/2011, 07:58 PM   #6
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I will draw some up that would be perfect for you from my personal experience. Just let me know an email or whatever you want me to send them to as I will be using paint software probably lol.
My email is [email protected]. Thank you!


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Old 08/05/2011, 08:02 PM   #7
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This seems to be what the highest quality tanks are using.
In this video you can see this exact sump used on an 2400 Gallon Reef System.



I have my returns going directly through my filter socks. Maybe thats why I have to change them every few days. As far as the last section, wont the water going over the 2nd piece of glass and under the 3rd cause some bubbles to get sucked into the pump? Or do I make that last section a little larger? Design looks great, thatnks for the input!

Should I use lexan or glass for all the dividers and holders

The sump is seen at about 6:30 in the video.



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Old 08/05/2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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The submerged drain lines work really well and not having them stick directly into your filter sock(s) makes it real easy to change them. Here's mine. I custom designed it to minimize the amount of plumbing under the tank (vertical runs only for drain and return on the same end of the tank). 0 microbubbles and only 2 baffles between skimmer and return section. To not have noise from the filter socks the top of the sock shouldn't be more than an inch above the water level in the skimmer section. Mine is probably a little too high at about 1.5-2" and you can hear a very slight trickle (silent with door closed).



The original design (I flipped it end for end after this image was made):




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