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Old 03-26-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
 
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Would This Work?

I want to make my own in-tank sump like the ones on a nano cube. It would be on the side of a 29 gallon tank, the side panel being about 12" wide and 18" tall. I would have an overflow on one side dropping down onto filter pads to do some mechanical filtration with mechanical media underneath it, then it would go up and pass by a heater and then down onto some filter media (not sure which would be best) then onto a filter pad and then to the pump which would go through a tube and out of the wall. It will be a sheet of plexiglass siliconed in the tank and the dividers will be the same. I drew it on paint after looking at a few of the filter builds for nano tanks. Would this work? If not, what should I change? And I would have a skimmer set up outside this sump unless it would fit in, maybe where the heater is.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
 
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Well what you've designed looks really good and will work fine as long as its all sealed in properly. However, If you have live rock in the tank you can get away without bio filtration. Its actually starting to be a no no now since they can build up debris after awhile and become phosphate factories. But if you remove the bio media that will give you a place for the skimmer and then the filter pad you have underneath will catch all your microbubbles.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:00 AM   #3
 
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After getting feedback from another site I decided to have no filter media in it and have it a s a mini refugium. In this picture I didnt draw a skimmer but I have the spot where it would go labeled. What do you think?
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #4
 
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this is definately better although i still recommend the pad to catch the microbubbles other then that its perfect
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:16 AM   #5
 
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There would still be bubbles making it to the pump after going through the rock and the chaedo? and where should I put the pad?
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:36 PM   #6
 
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either before or after the heater. preferably before so they can float to the surface. if you have to though then after the heater
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:43 PM   #7
 
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Ok thanks for the info
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