sump division

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  1. Zuna

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    Hey guys

    i have to put three chamber in sump with the following measurements
    (L) 900mm x (W) 400mm x (H) 400mm
    what would the best dimensions be for each chamber. i would like the center to be the largest for the DBS

    thanks
     
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    dimensions will depend on what skimmer and return pump you will be using.
     
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    im using a XP1000IN Cone Bubble Blaster In-Sump Skimmer and i think its a 4000lph return pump
     
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    the skimmer has a footprint of 240 x 210mm. Youll need to make the skimmer compartment no smaller than 25cm (id go a bit bigger to allow some space around the skimmer to clean etc). The return chamber needs to be about 20cm. What size tank do you have? A 4000l/hr return pump seems a bit big.
     
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    my tanks is 1500x750x600 my current sump is a 3ft sump and i need to order a bigger one from dorry pets.
    what size sump would you suggest for my tank
     
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    If you going the DSB route you going to want as big a sump a posible. For tank that size youll need a much bigger sump than a three foot.
    Have you already bought the skimmer?
    What are you planning on keeping?
     
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    yip I’ve already got the skimmer and it doing a awesome job.
    currently I’ve got some fish with lots of softies and i start with a few sps's
     
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    Im a bit confused..so you have the 1.5m tank up and running and stocked already? You already have a three foot sump with the skimmer and return pump in it?
     
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    yes ive got a sump and i want to upgrade it as the one ive currently got was not build for a DBS. im ordering a new one thats whay i need the dimensions
     
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    well if youve got the skimmer and pump, measure them and make sure the next sump has big enough compartments t ohouse them. Then make the remainder of the space DSB. Get the biggest sump you can.
     
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    i saw a sump on this forum... can't remember who's... but i think it was one of the cape town guys... he actually had a small box type section for his return so that more space could go to the DSB... i'm sure you could do the same for the skimmer... i'll try do a quick drawing to show you.... my battery is going flat though, so might only be done after i get home and intall the new chiller.
     
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    here is a rough idea the round thing is your skimmer and where your water should come in and then the square thing is your return.... obviously bubble traps will be needed but will be simple to put in.[​IMG]
     
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    oh ya... the rest is allllllllll DSB...
     
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    seems like a good idea
     
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    ya bru... just make sure you got the size of your skimmer correct before making a smally precise place for it to sit... you don't wanna limit yourself too much... make sure you are also then buying the correct skimmer for what you wanna do with the tank...
     
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    just with such a small return chamber you will have to have an auto top up as the water level in the return will drop very quick. I have around 5L of evaporation overnight and my system volume is about 660L
     
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    smally change

    Here is another idea then...

    [​IMG]

    i made the level of the pump chamber lower that way there is more volume from the whole sump and it will be less affected by water level... it also good to have ATU but.

    easy to make one yourself too.
     
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    If you could make your return pump chamber right across and do a middle division and have a chaeto chamber, lower on the one side... Chaeto is a really good filter for your phosphates and a great home for bugs!:whistling:
     
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