Originally Posted by wake49
I am not going to tell you to make one.
I also cannot suggest a good premade sump system for two reasons: 1) I will not pay $300 for something I can make for 1/5 of the price. And 2) because I will not pay for it, I have no experience in premade sump systems.
I can tell you what to look for: make sure it has a bubble trap and enough compartments to hold a skimmer and a return pump. Don't use the bioballs that most systems come with and throw all the filter media they give you right in the trash. How much live rock and live sand do you have?
A lot of the members here have the same idea about building their own sump. It allows you to control where the baffles go and how much room is utilized. I have seen a few of the acrylic systems and they could be built better in my opinion. I still don't understand why a majority of these manufacturers will slope the inlet chamber on these designs.
I know that I didn't answer your question, but I just wanted to share my experience.
The tank is 150gal. I suppose I will have 150lbs of live rock and I am not quite sure of the amount of sand?
I am not completely ruling out building a sump, I just get confused because there are so many many designs out there... I figured if Berlin was selling sumps, they must be building them right... but, again... not ruling out.
If you can try to empathize, forums are great places to share information and experiences. But, honestly... the more I read the more confused I get. I found what appears to be a good general article on sumps and wet/drys at http://kb.marinedepot.com/article.aspx?id=11033
But if I ask here what I will need for a successful sw setup... I will spend 20k. I am assuming I can get away with a sump, rock, sand, protein skimmer and heater for now. (Assuming I have a good tank and proper lighting). But, then you start hearing about the multitude of other filtration UV, RO** and your head starts to spin.
If you know of a good sump design. I will make an effort to build one. I have plenty of room to hide a large sump, so long as it is no wider than 20".
Thanks for your thoughts. Any help would be appreciated.