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Old 10-20-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
 
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So I have a 55 gallon tank that I am going to set up later down the road. I have a 20 gallon long tank I want to use as a sump. I want to make the sump a display fuge with LR and macro algaes. I know this has been done but what is the best design for it? I have my 55 gallon right next to my FW 20 gallon long and was going to move that so I could put the sump there is I am going to make it a display fuge. I would love some help on where and how to put the discharge...that would lead through the macro algae(I have a protein skimmer that can hang on back or be in sump pic below) and then lead to a return pump into the DT. I might also want to keep a clown or other fish in here if possible.
55 gallon tank:

20 gallon sump(Not clean) with hang on skimmer:

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Old 10-21-2010, 08:17 AM   #2
 
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well this is going to be great!!!!!!!!!!!! there are sooooooooooooo many options its really up to the amount of work you want to go through.... if i had a blank canvas such as this here is what i would do...

1st chamber just large enough for the skimmer (having it inside creates less mess if it fails and you wont get the nasty stuff all over your room!!)
a baffel that sits on the bottom that is 2" from the top from front to 4 inches from the back then drop to 3.5" from the top for the remaining part of the wall (this will make sense later)
at the point where the baffle makes the drop make a false wall from there to the return chamber (just large enough to fit the return pump) and wall it off even with the level of the back wall (rectangle with in a rectangle are you with me?)
now the back skinny chamber is a bypass for heavy movement
the front is the display fuge... drill a 3/4 inch hole about even with the lower part of the skimmer chamber (slow flow into the fuge) on the other end (near return section) drill a 3 1/4 inch holes back to the heavy flow chamber (still with me here/???) now this back chamber should have a buble trap of course and then the return section now the display gets slow flow but you get all the benefits of moving things right along around the back of it....

does this make sense to any one other than me???

oh and ita just an idea you have seen mine and its not display per se but if messed with i could make it so..
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
 
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So basically what you are saying is make it like yours?
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
 
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LOL no mine does not have the slow fuge and by-pass.... mine flows through the fuge only .... just an idea man you dont need to go with it just wanted to toss that idea out there... i was kinda hoping that others would toss some ideas out as well...
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
 
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To be honest you lost me like half way through...I am a visual person... But I was thinking making one chamber with the protein skimmer where the water comes in. Then have a baffle leading to the display. Then near the back a false wall with the return pump and bubble trap in the corner so it's not so noticeable. I will sketch it up when I have time.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:25 PM   #6
 
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LOL i hear you i am more of a physical here look at this kinda person as i go along and do it drawing it out kinda bugs me as it makes the in the moment change near impossible and as you have seen in the past i often change direction mid stride LOL.,.... at any rate i will quietly sit aside for now to see if any one else has input....
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:43 AM   #7
 
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If I got an extra 10 gallon tank would it be possible to connect 3 tanks? the DT goes to the left to the DR, then the DR connects to the 10 gallon with protein skimmer, and then the 10 gallon has a return pump to the DT? all but the 10 gallon to the DT is gravity fed(I would see about drilling the 20 gallon).

and the DT I would not drill be use one of those HOB things.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:56 PM   #8
 
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Just as a reference to what I meant this morning(probably jumbled). So a HOB overflow on the back of my 55 gallon DT. That will lead to the 20 gallon tank That will be my Display fuge. I'll drill a hole in the back of the 20 gallon that feeds water to a 10 gallon tank that would holder my skimmer and return pump. Here is a generalized picture(55 gallon o0n stand, 20 gallon on my dresser, 10 gallon behind 55 gallon stand or in stand)
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:50 PM   #9
 
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Would I need to buy an overflow system if I was going to drill the Display Fuge? Or would a bulk head suffice?
Also How could I make water enter without a spot being drilled?

Bear, badx any help?
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:30 PM   #10
 
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this would be one for Onefish.... not sure if he is around as of late as he is kinda busy... but from the reading i have done drilling will need an over flow box that is fixed in place and then the pipe works would be connected through the bulk head.... the reason for the over flow box is to break up the surface scum... but its not an overflow in the sense that you do not have water running over the wall of the tank...
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