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Jmoney 08-30-2007 11:56 AM

using a regular tank for a sump?
I'm thinking about getting into the saltwater world and am trying to figure out a reasonable budget to see if i'll be able to. my question is, can you just use a regular tank with some dividers in it as the sump? or do you have to get an actual sump with the filter sock and different compartments?

ffuusshhh 08-30-2007 01:29 PM

hmmm no not if you wanna get all fancy in all reality all you need in something that can filter like, pores rock (live rock, lava rock, ect.) maybe some live sand or you can throw some bio balls in there...but i've honestly never done that. Ive seen huge tanks filled with liverock and sand being used as a secondary filter in petstores.

caferacermike 08-30-2007 03:57 PM

An old tank works great. All a "sump" is is a place for water to go to do with it as you please. There is no set rule that says a sump must have bioballs, filter socks, or anything at all. Some people only use it as a place to hide a skimmer and heater. Others use it only as a regfugium to grow foods for their display tank.

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