Cube sump design

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by rakabos, 27 Sep 2012.

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    Hi guys

    I have a cube build underway and was wondering on the sump design. Its a 60cm cube sump and was wondering about the need for three compartments. I wont be doing a dsb, so is there any need for a middle compartment? I will have a skimmer and NP reactor
     
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    maybe just extra water, or live rock?
     
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    You could make a chamber for top up RO water if you want?
     
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    Got that already, as part of the sump design :p
     
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    chamber 1= Inlet from tank, Skimmer & Reactor
    chamber 2= Return Pump
    chamber3= RO water
     
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    Then I would take the chamber out and make more space for a bigger skimmer
    The bigger the better
     
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    2 chamber is then OK. NP reactor pump next to return pump, outlet as close as possible to skimmer intake. Reactor body in either chamber.

    RO chamber would be nice. So that would be 3 chambers. Or 2 tanks/sumps, or one sump and plastic container. Whatever.
     
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    Its a 130L cube with a Reef Octopus 160X, i think its big enough already :D
     
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    Combined with a NP Reactor :thumbup: Gonna be a cracker
     
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    How much head space between sump and tank?

    Can you fit a shallow frag tank in between.... :thumbup:
     
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    Lol lotsa space ,lemme upload some pics
     
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    This is the tank and the existing sump which is a complete mess up, bought it like that. So gonna rip out the dividers and re-do it. The sump has a RO compartment which i will leave as is



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    sump under sump?
     
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    you know your addiction... put in that frag tank... ;)
     
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    Lol , focus!!

    Sump design!! :p
     
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    ok
    Leave the RO chamber. And put one divider at about 70-30 of the sump. That would give you big enough area for skimmer and reactor. Plus return chamber of 30% should be big enough to handle the fluctuation when the ATU decides not to work. Plus you would have enough space next to the return pump to place another pump to feed that frag tank.... :thumbup:
     
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    Lol. no frag tank!!!!

    But the 70/30 idea i like :thumbup:
     
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    Agreed here, if you do not have a separate chamber for the return pump the water level might fluctuate too much for the skimmer.
     
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