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Robnjo 05-30-2007 01:09 AM

just scored this
 
A buddy just dropped around and gave me a sump, its a lot bigger then mine and it set for an external pump...and has a good size Skimmer section unlike mine, still looking for an external skimmer as I got no room for an internal. anyway it had 850 Bio-balls in it, I'll palm them off on eBay and buy him a carton of beer :D
...now just got to think of a new set-up I guess ...:idea:
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/1827_DSC00069_1.jpg

jdecorse25 05-30-2007 10:05 AM

BIO BALLS
 
Why don't you want the bio balls? I don't have a sump and I'm looking into switching from my hang-on the back skimmer to a sump. Aren't those bio-balls a good thing?

trreherd 05-30-2007 06:15 PM

unless cleaned often bioballs willl raise nitrates in your tank. Omg i cant belive you got that for free!

Robnjo 05-30-2007 06:32 PM

I'll put the Live Reef Plugs in this one as I had Bio-cubes in my 67gal and the best I could get my Nitrate down to was 20ppm, with the 300 Reef Plugs in, I'm down and steady @5ppm. Though I never, over the 10years of being set-up did I give that sump a good flush through.( I only learnt this now off this site)
I got 300 in my 12gal sump so I should be able to get 500-550 in this one...I hope anyway :wink:
Rob.

Robnjo 05-30-2007 06:41 PM

I can't belive it either, though I should go up and take some pics of my mate's tank and set up...you'll see why he doesn't use something this small.
its like going into a hospital, with all sorts of drip tubes, bad eggs smelly making thing and computer stuff :?

caferacermike 05-30-2007 07:44 PM

You could remove the top glass and use that huge area as your skimmer chamber. You'd need to silicone in a taller piece of glass for that last bubble trap, say 6" tall to hold enough water for the skimmer to work well.

Robnjo 05-30-2007 08:02 PM

... so use it with my set-up now? any chance you could draw a pic of what you mean?
how would I get the water into this skimmer sump(from old sump or from tank?) and then back to where, the other sump or back to the tank...
Sounds like a plan...i think :?

Gump 05-31-2007 08:54 PM

Id say you didnt have enough bio balls or needed more flow to lower your Nitrates lower than 20ppm. I have 3,000 in my sump on my 450 and my nitrates stay around 10ppm with a few heavy bio load fish in the tank. Ive used them for a few years and never had a problem with them raising nitrates.

Robnjo 06-01-2007 03:51 AM

my tank ran for 10yrs with 320 bio-cubes with a 2000ltr/hour return pump, but with me not cleaning out the sump every now and then the last 2 or so yrs the nitrates crept up alot quicker.
but thats was then... now I'm stoked with the Reef plugs, there rated 1 plug per ltr, I put 300 in and my tanks about 250ltrs.
This is only early days with this set-up but am very confident with what I've done.

usmc121581 06-01-2007 05:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Robnjo
my tank ran for 10yrs with 320 bio-cubes with a 2000ltr/hour return pump, but with me not cleaning out the sump every now and then the last 2 or so yrs the nitrates crept up alot quicker.
but thats was then... now I'm stoked with the Reef plugs, there rated 1 plug per ltr, I put 300 in and my tanks about 250ltrs.
This is only early days with this set-up but am very confident with what I've done.


Yeah but the technology has gotton alot better then it was 10 years ago.


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