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SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 08:18 PM

What is a sump tank and would i need it.
 
hi i'm thinking of starting a saltwater aquarium in a few years so i need all the help i can. At a shop near by me they have a 10 gallon saltwater aquarium. if i were to start a 10 gallon tank would i need a sump. (i don't know what it is so i need to know that so i can know if i need it) i'll need some more help so you can go to this post http://fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=12113

fish_4_all 12-14-2007 03:36 PM

A sump is simply another tank that is used as your filter. I do not know if you will need one for a 10 gallon but I would suggest getting a larger tank if you want to do much with a salt tank. This goes for most fish keeping also, the bigger the tank the easier it can be to maintain it at proper levels.

MattD 12-14-2007 04:37 PM

A sump/refugium refers to a water processing area. It cleans the water in a natural, superior fashion compared to filters. It is usually stocked with chaetomorpha, live rock, live sand, and critters to clean the sump.

In my opinion, regardless of how small a tank is, a refugium is essential. It truly is a benefit to the setup and will prevent many problems and headaches in the future - particularly in the way of water quality. I have one setup for my 8 gallon, I would do one for sure for a 10 gallon.

SeaSerpant 12-14-2007 06:05 PM

ya i know. I read your posts on your nanocube. if i could get the nitty gritty details from you i can do it the same way as you. I wanted actually to do an 8g nanocube. So if you can post the way you did yours and it turns out good you can help me!

caferacermike 12-14-2007 06:42 PM

If it was me, I'd run a 75g sump with a 10g display.

I actually saw this once and it was awesome.

SeaSerpant 12-15-2007 11:37 AM

That would be crazy but it would keep your levels good.

Age of Aquariums 12-18-2007 07:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caferacermike
If it was me, I'd run a 75g sump with a 10g display.

I actually saw this once and it was awesome.

lol. Thats what I was going to do with my 125g, I found a 300g sump on eBay. :D

SeaSerpant 12-18-2007 07:23 PM

that would be very.. um interesting. what are in each compartment of the sump?

SKAustin 12-18-2007 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caferacermike
If it was me, I'd run a 75g sump with a 10g display.

I actually saw this once and it was awesome.

I agree whole heartedly. And why not. The sump/fuge is where the interesting stuff grows.


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