Modular Sump?

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  1. chas84

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to replace the very small sump that came with my 6-foot tank. I do have a spare 4-foot glass tank, but there's no way I'm getting that tank under the big one. I't s already got water and live rock in, so emptying it out and so on is not an option.

    My other solution is to have a modular sump built (or DIY the build).

    Here is a pic of what I have in mind, all comments appreciated:

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    I plan to have a 15cm sandbed with about 10cm water over it. Perhaps some cheato or other algea in there as well?

    I found a cool site to help with the planning:

    The Skimmer/Inlet Chamber:

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    The DSB/Fuge:

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    Return Chamber:

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    I was also thinking of having a reservoir for auto top-up, but space is a bit limited because I have a chiller in the cabinet as well. What about making do with manual top ups and eventually plumb the chiller so that it stands outside , then I'll have a space of about 45cm x 45 cm for a decent sized RO reservoir. No point in having a small reservoir that needs to be topped up every day or two.
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    It is extremely difficult to connect tanks like that.
     
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    chas84 Thread Starter

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    I guess lining up the holes exactly is the biggest challenge. What else should I keep in mind?
     
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    Let the first sump waterfall over to the next.
    No connections to leak.
    Just guild a glass gutter thing...
     
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    Thanks for the advice Riaan! After chatting with you I've started messing about with some ideas in sketchup:

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