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MT1071 03-22-2009 06:03 PM

Design SUMPthing
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Ok here we go,220 gallon Salt tank 200lbs live sand and 500lbs live rock.need help with sump.Not sure yet on dimensions, flow rates ect. This is the basic design of what I would like to have in it. Any comments or things I need to think of would help me out . thanks let me have it :shock:

Kellsindell 03-25-2009 10:42 PM

It seem sound enough, but ideally, with the scrubber, you don't need a skimmer and therefore it'll never build a bubble tower because this "super nitrate remover" is suppose to take it out so a skimmer is no longer a requirement.

Other then that, good work.

onefish2fish 03-25-2009 11:07 PM

heres my input on the skimmer/scrubber debate.
personally if i was to use one or the other, it would be both, however im very fond of the skimmer. i DO NOT have experience using a scrubber but heres my thought. a scrubber grows aglae which feeds off nitrates and phosphates, a skimmer breaks down nasties bonding them to bubbles removing them from the tank. if things are done right and properly (with a skimmer, right depth sand bed, flow,not overfeeding. . .) there should be 0ppm nitrates to begin with causing no need to grow algae. just my take on the subject.

as for the sump i personally like to split the line coming down to have PVC going to either end of the sump. one side the refugium the other the skimmer with the return pump in the middle and bubble traps.
what size sump is this going to be? do you have room? because rubbermaid stock tanks make great sumps and come in large sizes.

Kellsindell 03-26-2009 11:34 AM

I know what you me onefish. I can't see myself getting away from the skimmer. It just doesn't seem like it's going to do much, Though i've personally spoke to many that say it does and then other that are still having PO4 issues, so it's all in the air.

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