E.R`s new 500 x 500 x 400 cube build...

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  1. Express Reef

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    My new cube build, with @Goby...

    500 x 500 x 400 water level 370.

    Please give ideas on sum build, space for sump 500 x 420.

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    Nice little tank that. For a sump you could

    A - 2 compartments with a decent skimmer and overflow.

    B - 3 compartments with skimmer, NP pellet reactor and overflow

    C - 3 compartments with skimmer, carbon, phos and/or purigen and overflow.

    D - 3 compartments with skimmer, macro algae with light only and overflow

    All depends on how you want to run your tank. I had a cube like that and only used the live rock inside and a skimmer as filtration. I also ran a bit of carbon and did 10% weekly water changes.
    The sump will be too small for a DSB, unless you have a remote DSB hidden somewhere in the next door room :p
     
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    Thanx Tobes:thumbup:

    Was thinking of going DSB, I just love a DSB, the space is 500 x 420 x 700 high, was thinking of making the sump 2 tanks ontop of each other?:blush: and I`m going to use a TS1 skimmer...
     
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    Anyone with some ideas on a sump design for my cube? The available space is 500 x 400 x 700... want to use a TS1 skimmer and DSB...:p
     
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    @RiaanP will be able give you some good advise on this.
     
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    Running a standard 3 chamber sump, with first 150mm, (think that is just big enough for TS1) and 100mm for return, then centre chamber is about 240 by 420. That will be 40% of your display footprint.

    I run a system previously with 34%. And it was a successful DSB.

    I need to do some measurements on my TS1 to confirm.
     
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    For a linear sump, the TS1 skimmer need 150mm - 160mm. Return chamber you need 100mm.

    you got left a centre chamber of 250 by 400.
    So your DSB would be 40% of your display.

    The problem with the U shape is that water flow would take short cut. Both bottom corners wil have little flow in it, if any.
     
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    Started with the plumbing ;-)


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    :thumbup: Thanx
     
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    Whats this for?
     
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    Filtration... I`m using a 5000l/h return pump for return and 4 reactors...
     
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    Wow this cube is going to look like a mini reactor/plant :thumbup: What are you going to use the reactors for? Phos,Carbon...?O BTW, Great work Wilton:thumbup:
     
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    @Francois, Thanx must admit @Goby helped alot... this is going to be my frag tank, Going to run, Seachem Purigen, Matrix, Phosgaurd, and Carbon...:yeahdude:
     
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    In a frag tank you want nutrients :p Those reactors will wipe it out :p
     
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    Yip , I never run a skimmer 24/7 on a frag setup
     
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    :p Ahh well then I got a reason to dose:tt2: Martin, this tank is going to be in the living room, thinking of putting some fish in it, but I`m surely going to put some frags in it 2...
     
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    Fish in a frag tank will work for sure. Fish poo is da bombz...

    But then it cant be a frag tank anymore

    1. Nice and neat setup, fish, coral >>> Smells like a DT to me :p
     
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