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Old 09/04/2006, 11:26 PM   #261
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Most stands are about 30" tall (from the floor to the base of the tank), maybe a bit more tall. If the sump is 16" tall, you have room to get the skimmer in and out as needed, and you have the ability to reach in and clean the sump. The taller they are, the less attention they receive due to the 'hassle-factor'. If you need a taller sump just to hold extra water volume and have the ability to do what you need, go for it.

The sumps I build and set up have a water line at 9" (skimmer and return) and 12" (refugium). The rest of the sump is empty enough to hold all extra water that may drain down. If the sump was 26 or 27" tall, it would just be taller and essentially unnecessary.

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