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Old 10/09/2017, 10:27 PM   #1
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Need advice for 55g sump build

Hey everyone! I got my hands on a 55g long tank that I will use as a sump for my 180g reef tank. I have never built a sump before so im just looking for advice. The tank is 48" long. How would you recommend setting it up? Filter socks>protein skimmer> refug> return pump?
Im interested in seeing other peoples builds so if you have done something similar Id love to see it.


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Old 10/10/2017, 08:56 AM   #2
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Setting up can vary widely.
I wanted a refugium so I dedicated 1/4 of a 4' tank to it & left the rest open.
I have dealt with a very small return pump section & swore never again.
Glass baffles should be 1/8" smaller than the inside of the width & 1/4" thick.
Many suggest an under - over for baffles to help with bubble elimination.
A search for building a sump should get you plenty of suggestions with pics or diagrams.

250 gallon mixed reef, 2 Reefbreeder's Photon V 2, RD 3 Speedy 80 Watt, DAS EX-3 Skimmer, MTC mini cal, 2-3/4" Sea Swirls, Aquacontroller & 6 Tunze pumps.
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Old 10/10/2017, 10:16 AM   #3
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Figure out how much space you need for the skimmer and add 50% to that

Figure out how much space you need for the return pump and double that

The rest is fuge.

I'd incorporate a bubble trap too.

Originally posted by yellowslayer13:

"I hate that hole"

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