Sump help

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  1. Afsal

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    I recently purchased a 6foot tank with sump etc etc , second hand stuff.
    the sump has 4 compartments. the second will be used for the skimmer as the first is too small for it. the last will be used for the return pump.

    what do i use for the 1st and 3rd compartments. at the moment it has sections in the 1st compartment seperated by egg crate ahe there is filter floss / bioballs and the third compartment has what looks like to me very large crushed coral !!!

    i thought in the first compartment to use at the bottom phosphate remover , then carbon and at the top filter floss ...

    what u guys think
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    take all those bio balls out of there.po4 remover and carbon will go well there in a stalking!
     
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    also some LR will work there
     
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    What abt the third compartment ??
     
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    I think it would be better to use PO4 and carbon after the skimmer?

    1st live rock, 2nd skimmer, 3rd macro algae and 4th return - I take it your dsb will be in tank?
     
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    ANY REASON ??? also is it not better to have some sort of mechanical filtration (filter floss) in the first compartment for the stuff thats coming from the display ???
     
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    I am actually buying a second sump now, also with 4 compartments. I's like its said above, remove bio balls first - it's a nitrate factory.

    I'm actually tagging on this one, because I'll also havbe an open compartment.

    First sump:
    1 A receiving chamber, where heaters are.
    2 Then a chamber with LR and water flowing from top to bottom thru it.
    3 Last big compartment will house skimmer.
    This will then have a gravity fed overflow pipe to the second sump.

    Second sump:
    1 LR - Refugium
    2 DSB with macro algae
    3 Open (don't know yet what to do)
    4 Return Pump

    What can we do with our open compartments?
     
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    Not too sure remember Ivan saying it was better to do it that was as the skimmer will have a chance to remove the bulk? ? ?
     
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    sorry.sims is right.it will be better to place the carban and po4 remover after the skimmer.
     
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    Say I add carbon and PO4 remover into my empty chamber, how often do I need to replace?
     
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    carbon twice a month and PO4 every second month - IMO
     
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    in my case carbon twice a month,and po4 remover once a month
     
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    SIMS 1 - Makeel 0

    :lol:
     
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    posted together sims
     
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    lol @ you two - just can't stop, hey, hehe
     
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    yeah,sims is too busy sniffing thinners :lol:
     
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    oh and also paintiing the inside of his tank :rofl:
     
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    ok back to topic.how about a sketch of the sump you got?
     
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    Dude, sketches on windows paint doesn't sound like a good idea, maybe just a simple one on powerpoint, hehe
     
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    lol thats what i meant.powerpoint or paint
     
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