how much space between?

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  1. Ebi Omer

    Ebi Omer

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    Hi.

    I have just got my tank built. However I have some height issues.

    I want to find out what would be the minimum spacing required between the base of Display Tank and Top of Sump (closed).

    In other words, how much space do I need for piping etc, above the closed top sump, and below the display tank base?

    Hope this question is clear enough
     
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  3. Dian6430

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    Depends on your equipment. The skimmer must be easy to place and remove and so that you can work between the DT and sump. Cleaning etc.
     
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    In my opinion, the more space the better, obviously not making your tank too high. Removing my skimmer cup for cleaning is a big importance to me too.
     
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    agree with Dian6430
     
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    Note that the Sump is 'already closed' with a glass lid. So am I correct in thinking that the space to work with my skimmer is already made? That can't be increased, right?

    My question is regarding the space above the sump lid?
     
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    I would open the top of the sump as it could get a bit hot in the summer months. Regarding the hight it all depends on what equipment you intend putting there. Just make sure that you have enough space to work in without getting frustrated, you need to be able to access everything easily so that future repairs and maintainence can be done easily.
     
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    You need to ensure that the skimmer cup can be removed easily as stated, just remember that skimmer also have operating depth i.e. they have too stand in a certain amount of water and no deeper. I've had to raise my skimmer 15cm in the sump so that it could operate properly.

    No if I had calculated the height without factoring in the operating depth, I might not be able to remove the cup, or worse case not been able to use the skimmer at all.

    I've found that the more space underneath the better, although I have to use a step ladder to work in the tank.
     
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