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Old 08-22-2010, 07:03 AM   #21
 
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Also corals aren't as hard to keep as everyone says. They are relatively easy if you know how to do a few simple things. You don't have to hold off on getting corals. Once your tank is done cycling you can go ahead and get a couple of sorties and see how you do with them.
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Like most other things in this hobby, it depends on the coral you choose to keep. Some are indeed very easy to care for.

What size tank?
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:13 AM   #22
 
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My 55 gallon tank I wanted to start before. I bought the lighting(shipping to me now) and have sand and dry rock. Will buy live rock when I get my light. while my tank cycles I want to make a sump to make my skimmer quieter and take care of the micro bubbles it makes. I just need a nice simple design. I will go measure my skimmer to see how I can build it because I have a clue on how to build one. When I have an idea I will draw it up and share for ideas and comments/suggestions.
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:47 PM   #23
 
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So my protein skimmer(plus the pump) is 6in x 8in basically. To design the sump what should i have beside just the skimmer and the baffles? the tank would be 10 gallon long if I buy one or 24" long x 10" width x 12" tall(up to 16" for a 4" clearance) if I make it. What should I put in it? And ho much space should I have for my water flow in and my return? and with of2f's advice I will(if I make a sump) go with 700 gph Overflow complete kit - Glass-Holes.com dope aquarium stuff there is also a 1500gph one but that seems overpowered. Advice? Keep in mind I have a small budget I want it under let's say $100 excluding pvc pipes($20 I'm guessing for that)
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:28 PM   #24
 
I don't know that much about sump design cause I don't have one. You could make a space in the sump for a refugium. I guess fkr the return section it would be good to have like an inch of clearance on each side. I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter that much.
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:46 PM   #25
 
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OK then I need a model of a pump for the returning water to base a size from for making a picture of how everything will fit
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:51 PM   #26
 
Just find the pum you want to use and find the measurements of it and go off that
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:41 AM   #27
 
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Lightbulb Sump design

OK so I found the mag 9.5 pump(when ready will buy on ebay new) I got the measurements from the site and made a design of if I built a custom sump. If I built a sump from a 10 gallon tank I would still be able to fit everything I believe just 2" in width and height are removed. I have the measurements of all the sides and such for the tank to scale in pixels (20 pixels= 1") Please suggest things. ask questions point out problems. remember nothing is set in gold yet so please advise tweaks I am new so I think I have alot of things wrong. I might make a new thread for it as well for more attention from others but without further adoo the design

'Note: the pipes in the image are 1" pvc pipes and rock stands for live rock maybe with a sponge on it'
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:32 AM   #28
 
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a few things


the drain pipe can go into a little box constructed on the side, shown in orange. this will allow the water to flow up and over said little box and slow the flow down allowing you to have a deep sand bed ( 4'' - 6'' ) if you wanted without the water blowing it all around. i dont suggest keeping rock in this area as the slow flow tends to allow debris to get caught within the rocks and gives it a chance to break down and turn into nitrates/phosphates.
the bubble trap piece in the middle doesnt need to go all the way to the top. the ball valve coming back to the skimmer, or even back to the first chamber if you wanted it to allows you to fine adjust the flow of the pump to the display tank. youll want the pvc to come down farther then ive shown in the picture to prevent splashing ( which leads to more salt creep )
also dont be afraid to put unions on your plumbing to allow you to take things apart down the road, esp on the pump incase it needs to be changed or cleaned.

what are the sizes of each compartment?

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:29 AM   #29
 
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the first compartment is 7 inches from the side to the 8" baffle. The middle section is 10" from the 8" baffle to the first 6"baffle. the baffles are 1" apart from each other adding up to 2". The last section is 5". I was also told on another forum that I need at least a 20 gallon and to take out the Live rock because it creates debris.
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:53 PM   #30
 
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So I mixed the advice I got and made this design. Same thing with the LR and a sponge on it for more filtration and a light fixture for 6500k if that is enough for a sponge coral. here it is please give me advice and everything. It is the same scale in a 20 gallon tank that will go behind the stand. Also everything has a measurement that is needed. I do want to know if there is a pump other than the mag 9.5 that will work and be less noisy/heat generating.
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