Brand New 8 gallon bio cube

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  1. Katrina71

    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    I'm guessing the Octopus will cost about 30 to ship. I'll take pics today. If anybody needs/wants it. I pay it forward.
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    I'm a little bummed. I was told that sumps like mine aren't good. Can somebody explain? What sumps are good?
     
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    I think there is probably a huge varied opinion on that and I think most have their positives. You could make your's work just fine, but you cold also upgrade it pretty easy if you wanted to. A little DIY can make for an inexpensive sump.
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    What do you suggest?
     
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    Not sure what kind of money you want to spend, but in my opinion a great option are the fiji cube baffle kits. A cheap petco tank, some silicon and one of their kits can be great.
     
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    Your sump being only 3 chambers is not really conducive to having a fuge in it. You could use it and use a small 5 or 10 gallon as a remote fuge. This is what I would do with what you got. Wait for the petco $1/gal sale and get one. Either that or make or buy an acrylic one.
     
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    Also a good idea.
     
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    Ok. That was my plan before and I was told do the fuge in the sump.
     
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    Would you guys link me to better options just using a standard tank? I can't afford a nice sump. Just being honest.
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    So much to learn...
     
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    The only thing about those kits is it's going to cost more money to go that way vs. using what you got and making a small remote fuge. A small pump in the overflow section with vinyl tubing to a 5/10 gal tank for fuge. And any container that is food grade will work. Drilled for an overflow that could gravity feed right back to the sump would work great.

    EDIT: This is actually my plan when/if I ever put one together ;)
     
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    I agree with @Fudsey, fiji was just an option if you decide to go all new sump with fuge included. A remote fuge would be pretty easy and cost effective to do.
     
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    I think your best option is to keep the sump without fuge, and make a remote display fuge like @Fudsey and @mch1984 said
     
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    If you like send me a design you want for a sump and I can make it and send it to you. I built acrylic aquariums, filters, and a bunch of other stuff for the trade for over 30 years I think I could handle a custom sump for you and your son. I can build it to match your Tunze since I have most of the specs for them in my office files. No cost to you! Just trying to fan the flames of your young hobbiest and his new aquarium.
     
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    You could do two tiny fish. (Maybe a pair of ocellaris clownfish) I think two shrimp should be fine. Just make sure that you don’t put too many inverts.
     
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    I had a really bad day. This made me cry a lot. In a good way.
     
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    Cool !!
     
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