Crazy Idea - No Sump Required!!

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  1. vatso

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    Hi All

    I want a lager tank & am thinking about a sump & then :slayer:

    My idea is as follows take my current tank & make it a "Sump"

    So connect both tanks & have the "Sump" as a display tank of sorts

    with a large DSB & put in cleaning critters that help remove stuff from the water.

    Who says the workers can't be on display?

    The sump tank in my mind would be as follows

    1 X Skimmer
    1 X DSB Base
    1 X Tons of Live Rock
    Shrimps
    Hermits


    What do you guys think?
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    And where are you going to put the skimmer etc. This is normally why the sump is behind a cabinet, to hide all unsightly equipment.
     
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    Not a bad idea if you chucked in some LED lighting in to make it pretty, but a skimmer is not where it stops, once you're tank is setup you're gonna need an thermometer then come the RO reservoir, then Auto TopUp, then ATS, then CA & Phos Reactor. And soon enough you gonna wish they were all hidden with their cables and salt creep.

    It could look good but engine room are usually noisy messy places kept out of site.
    That's my 2c's, I hope we're of assistance. ;)
     
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    Skimmer will be in the Sump Tank they not that ugly...
     
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    You make a good point now - Hmmm!!! I can always use the cabinet the tank is currently on top - to remove the ugly hardware stuff :)

    that might work? only issue is everything would need to be pumped up into the sump tank
     
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    Vatso - I have seen people closing the Sump in a cabinet, but showing the area of the DSB only by way of a cut away... Dont know if that is possible in your setup, just thought I mention it.
     
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    Yup, but without seeing your setup and cabinet I can't be certain how you'd do it.
    You may want to drill your overflow into an external pump which pumps to the top sump and then have a gravity fed return to the DT.
     
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    That sounds like a good idea as well

    what have you guys all done?

    thanks Mark
     
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    Not sure on your setup.
    I will use a smaller sump under in the cabinet. Skimmer, heater, return pumps, phosphate removers etc... in there. a normal 60L or 90L tank could do. No need for buffers or dividers. (like my red plastic tub you saw)
    Pump up to DSB tank. Enter in small compartment in one of the back corners. Syphon break could be an issue.
    In other corner similar compartment with drilled bottom. That is connected to the main display with 50mm pipe. Main display also have a drilled corner. Like a hanging loop, with a ballvalve for incase it is needed. In DSB side I will cover or build eggcrate covers on the inlet and outlet. Do not want your hermits to fall in there.

    But tanks must be setup so that the water levels will be equal.

    So the flow is, Main display to sump to dsb display.

    Yes, I admit, I also do like to look at my DSB.
     
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