SUMPS - The Rundown

By definition a sump is a pit or hollow in which liquid collects, in particular. (Wiki). If you are new to the aquarium hobby, you may have heard...
  1. OutsideBrian

    OutsideBrian Active Member

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    Will this work?
     

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    OutsideBrian Active Member

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    I ended up ordering an eBay kit.
    Setup like this, any feedback?
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  3. Nicole Sarnowski

    Nicole Sarnowski Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    This is my gravity overflow for my 75 gal tank and it works great for me. My tank is not drilled so this is the way I had to go. It’s a diy overflow.

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  4. AlbertaBound

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    What size sump does everyone recommend for my 180 gallon? I was looking at the Trigger system Ruby Sump 36. As I have a vertex alpha 170 protein skimmer and a fluval sp6 3434 gph pump. Thanks.
     
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    Question on plumbing and parts
    I got threaded bulkheads and I’m planning on hard plumbing my sump.
    I’ve been looking at pics and want to make sure I’m getting all my parts in the right order
    Is this correct or show me a simpler way straight to the sump for the drain
    Tank>Threaded bulkhead> threaded coupling>threaded adapter slip to pvc>threaded gate valve> pvc straight to sump
     
  6. Diggem

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    Need ideas I'm starting a tank 20 gallon tall made sump out of a 10 gallon 3 compartment my question is what would be the best to run in sump make refugium or just skimmer or some kind of reactor or two don't know much on reactors but if it's best option I can learn and if recomendr reactor witch kind
     
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    FLSharkvictim Marine Conservationists R2R Supporter Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor West Palm Beach Reefer

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    @AlbertaBound - All I know is @mixer911 and the #Synergy #ReefSystems team did an unreal job on my new CL-44 custom sump and a Matching ATO reservoir for my new SCA Rimless 150 build. I will be running two return pumps a #Apexco20 for my main returns and for my Alage scrubber and manifold I will be using an #Vectra M1. Just wanted to say that I was not expecting such an amazing built sump. I spent over 6 months talking to all the different sump Manufactures and none of them were very helpful, let me tell you until I hooked up with Synergy Reef Systems. At first, I was going to buy a @geo sump but I don't care for how their reactors are integrated into there sumps which I am not a fan of. (Just my opinion) I did want a trigger system sump since those are a dime a dozen and was not a fan on how they have there drain set up. Also, I went to PM, and they were not much help either and I even tried to contact an Acrylic Manufacture called Primo Acrylics since I saw a few of this guy sumps and they looked very well built but the only problem is, the guy never answered my 5 emails that I sent to him trying to let him know that I am ready to drop $1500.00 on a sump and a matching ATO but this company does not want to even respond, so what in hell are they even in business then. Here are some pictures of some unbelievable craftsmanship on this gorgeous-looking CL-44 sump that they made for my SCA150.. Plus, Synergy's customer service was nothing but Superior compared to the other Sump MFG, no names mentioned.

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    JDnKY Active Member R2R Supporter

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    In my 180 I use the Trigger Systems Saphire 39 with the Reef Octopus Varios 8 and it works great. You may be able to use a pump with less flow as I’m pumping water about 10 feet up from the basement to the DT.
     
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    How did this end up working out for you? I bought the same kit off of eBaY and have yet to set it up.

    Thanks!
     
  10. Hemmdog

    Hemmdog Valuable Member R2R Supporter Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Wait for the M2’s ! They look cool.
     
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    I’m new to this but it seems to be working well. I may try blocking the grates between the skimmer and refuge sections. I am getting some micro bubbles in the refuge, hoping if I can force the water up and over the baffle that it will help.
     
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    They work but there are issues. Depending n the design, you can lose siphon during power outages leading to overflowing when the pump comes back on. You may also get algae living in the lift tubes resulting in air bubbles in the lift tubes and again, loss of siphon. Overflows take up space and can look awkward. Having said that, I've never cracked an expensive tank installing an overflow box.
     
  13. SeeFu

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    So i ordered my tank along with a sump from a local tank builder. They just told me that they do not have the sump in stock so they will need to be building more. They asked me if I had any specific request I would like to make. This is my first fish tank so I was thinking all i need is the following

    3 chambers
    1st chamber / big enough to hold a filter roller and protein skimmer
    3rd chamber / just big enough to hold the return pump
    2nd chamber / remainder of space available

    Is that about right or is there something I"m missing?
     
  14. yachtman

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    Has your tank had a power failure yet? That sump looks over filled and would be run over by the water coming from the main tank.
     
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    This is how much extra space we had for our 220 gal reef.
     
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