Visible sump - is it gonna be ugly?

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  1. Katrina71

    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    I like visible sumps. I equate them to skeleton watches. You can make it look great. How can you not like macro and mood lighting?
     

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    Love the looks of an open sump.

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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    LOL I can just close the door:D
     
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    A well organizes and maintained sump is one of the most fascinating things about this hobby. One good thing about having it out where it can be seen, is the motivation to keep it nice and interesting to look at. I find that if it’s easy to get to and I can see it, then I take more consistent care of it. I would recommend having an external sump if there is room for one. Better yet, put it up off the floor 30” or so and make it easy to access. The sump can be a busy place that requires as much attention as the display.
     
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    Mines in a closet too... I was looking more for ease of access than good looking. Hey, the closet door is usually closed, right?

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    I LOVE a visible sump but how hard is it to keep them clean? I have enough issue with my display! HA! :p
     
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    I definitely agree with this, it is such a hassle to clean my socks and skimmer cup in my sump that is under the tank. When I upgrade I think having everything out where I can see and reach it is really going to help with motivation. Also, having more vertical space for a skimmer opens up some options.

    I plan to upgrade within a month, I'll make sure I post some pictures here for people to see.
     
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    My main reason for having a enclosed/remote sump is my 2yrd daughter. I’ve found crayon, stuffed toys, etc, etc in the sump on my Discus Tank.
     
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    I was thinking the SAME thing!
     
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    A display sump. No thanks. Those were some very cool examples, but I rather build the tank around the house than the house around the tank. For the original poster I would consider a new stand before taking up floor space beside the tank. Build a new stand with enough room for a 40 breeder sump would be my suggestion.
     
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    A display sump. No thanks. Those were some very cool examples, but I rather build the tank around the house than the house around the tank. For the original poster I would consider a new stand before taking up floor space beside the tank. Build a new stand with enough room for a 40 breeder sump would be my suggestion.
     
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    If you go custom like I did with my Lifereef visible sump can be awesome!


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    Nothing like some of these but it isnt hard to keep them tidy.

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    Very nice set up - the Ultra clean look really draws you in!!!
     
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    With a lot of hard work and careful planning (all of which can be one of the most rewarding parts of the hobby), you can make a sump look great. But making a protein skimmer smell great . . . or even just not awful -- good luck with that. If the sump is going to be exposed to an area you'd rather smell like something other than a swamp, I'd enclose it. On my 265, I even went as far as plumbing an exhaust fan into the roof above my attic and running a duct down through the wall into the sump area so it constantly pulls air from the cabinet and vents it out the roof. I don't know what your situation is but, for me, having the wife think my tank makes the house smell like low tide has never led anywhere good.
     
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    A quick way to eliminate the smell is to drill a hole in the cup and link it to the Venturi on the skimmer. Pulls the smelly air and makes millions of little bubbles with it!
     
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    You can do it smaller too. This one is obviously very well done and beautiful, but some very careful plumbing and a clean hand and the open sump can really add to the display. Don’t go half way and try to hide parts though. Make it look like it was always meant to be there.

    I wish I could do it as cleanly as this!
     
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    Super cool !
     
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    An open sump can be ok, the examples above are outstanding! The picture below is of the LifeReef sump that I am starting up with my 168g Rimless tank. I was against the sump being outside at first but now that I have it almost done it looks pretty cool. Good luck, this site has a lot of great ideas from really good people. My sump is 49in long, monster Vertex Alpha 200 skimmer so it did not fit inside of the tank cabinet. I have a 20g long inside the cabinet as a Refugium that will run with this system. I have it a little easy as this system will be in my basement with my main display, 120g, located upstairs.

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    Working on mine, got it wet today. IMG_2801.JPG
     
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