Do you clean your sump and why or why not?

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Do you worry about keeping your sump clean?

  • YES I clean it often

    Votes: 70 9.5%
  • YES I clean it occasionally

    Votes: 274 37.2%
  • NO but I'll clean it on a rare occasion

    Votes: 272 36.9%
  • No I have never cleaned it

    Votes: 96 13.0%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 25 3.4%

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shred5

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Is it only used for the sump? Curious

Yes.. I bought one that goes on top of a 5 gallon bucket.

I own this one:


I know others who use this one:

 

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This 2-3 year doing absolutely nothing....
I have minimal equipment in my sump, so no need to clean any. The sump is just the place to put the minimal equipment like a heater, powerfilter and to dilute supplements.
I see no ill effect on the tank.
Oh... i don't do any waterchanges either.

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I have a Coralife biocube 29 setup. I clean the rear filtration compartments about every 2 months or so. This will keep the detritus from building up and clogging my protein skimmer intake and main pump intake.
 

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How small of a power head ?
Haha, well I am overkill. I redid my whole tank a couple years ago and had a good-sized Tunze that wasn't getting reinstalled in the display, so I am using that in the sump. I've also used an MJ1200 with a prop and that worked well too with the wide flow (a little less reliable than the Tunze).

It will really depend on your sump size and layout, and where you can place the pump.
 

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I have a sand bed with macro algae growing in it with blue leg hermits and a lot of pods and snails. I sit and watch my sump as if it were a display.
 

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I siphon out my sump whenever I do water changes. I do wipe down the sides once in a while too. The sump isn't hidden (well, it's in my utility room) so I see it all the time. Bothers me if it's too dirty.
 
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