Sump for a TL550 (Advice)

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  1. erratiC

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    Hi all,

    I've got a TL550 at home that is just sitting there doing nothing because the stand that came with it has rotted away, so I decided to build a stand for it and get the tank going.

    Naturally, having the stand allows all that open space below so I thought I might as well attach a sump to the DT.

    So here I am, designing... please let me know what you think about the below pic.

    Wanting to have both return and the overflow chamber at the back so that it's easy to plumb into the tank (still deciding on what overflow to use in the DT).

    In the 1st chamber the first baffle is at 330mm height and the overflow height from the Skimmer chamber is at 300mm.

    Any advice, things I should change/add?

    Thank you, appreciated!

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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    that will work, but very complicated, why not 3 chambers, 1st with filter sock and skimmer, second for return and 3 for RO. then place the various medias in plastic containers which allows easy maintenance, when something is difficult or tedious to do we tend to neglect it. this way you take the plastic containers shake them and replace. clean and replace filter sock every few days etc.
     
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    My Boyu tanks sump has no dividers. Just flows into a filter sock and then into a 400x400 tank that houses the skimmer, return, heater, liverock and a flow pump.

    I had dividers in the beginning but decided they served no purpose.

    This pic is old but it conveys the idea I guess
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    Wow, thanks gents... really appreciate the help.

    The main reason why I want dividers is for the ATU reserve cos i don't want to have a reserve lying outside the stand/cupboard.

    As @dallasg said... KISS. This is what happens when you over-complicate things... dammit.

    Changed it, lol. I might even take the divider away between the skimmer/orca chamber and the return.

    Thanks again, gents.

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    now that is way better, and actually wont make maintenance tedious :thumbup:
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    now in the long chamber, you can place LR, Media, skimmer etc on a small egg crate stand allowing the detritus to settle and easier to clean.

    filter sock is paramount to this setup and promotion of clean water to the critical parts
     
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    Like DallasG says the filter sock helps a hell of a lot. I never used to run one and my sump was always filthy, since I have started using a filter sock I only had to clean it out once when I spilled Phosguard in the sump. The sock gets changed once a week or so, I bought ten and rinse them off when I change them and then once every 2 months or so I throw them into the washing machine with some bleach on high heat and they come out almost new. Just soak rinse them in RO and some Seachem Prime to remove any left over bleach/chlorine and they are good to go.
     
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    Awesome advice.

    Appropriately enough, I'm actually following your advice from another thread on the chamber water height for a TS1. You said it should be around 300mm which is where that dividers height is coming from. Going to be running Orca cubes with the skimmer as well.

    You're a genuine wealth of information, thanks again. :lol::thumbup:
     
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    i use the pool gobbler socks from builders, 5 for R49
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks!
    i share as much as i can, i have made mistakes in my years and if any bit helps others then its great
     
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    I have a TL550 tank I gutted the lid and planning to run a 2ft sump, do you drill the back or use a small upliftment pump? I have had good results by using a ext canister filter on my TL 450 so will include one on the 550
     
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    i drilled the back pane
     
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    Just @ the bottom @dallasg? Do you have pics? I'm going to use the LED unit over the 550 and keep the 450 standard for my true percula pair and move all the other fish over to the 550, I have a TS1 and planing on an insane scape with real reef
     
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    Drill it!!
     
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    I'm probably going to get a Durso in a corner overflow going.
     
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    the tank is not running yet, its driller and ready, just need to finish my other tank project
     
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    Lol so I'm going to try and drill @ the base on opposite sides
     
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