Am setting up a sump on my new 56 gal corner set up in my guest room. So far am using a Fluval 405 cannister filter (no media...just polishing pad and few bits of live rock inside) for flow purposes. Plan to add two Koriella 2 wave/water circulators to help flow. Currently tank is set up with salt water mixed/aged and has been filled and is cycling now.
Sump being set up is a Proclear 60 Slimline Wet Dry Proclear 60 Slimline Wet Dry + Prefilter: Aquarium Supplies - Aqua Buys
this was chosen cause it was the ONLY commercial sump I could fit under the stand for the tank. tried a 10gal old tank and it was about a few inches too big as the curve of the stand limits space either length wise or depth wise. Height is good.
Am going to add about 1" of substrate to the bottom of one of the chambers/baffles and add a separate skimmer. So far this one I've found fits pretty well:
Marineland 100 Advanced skimmer Aquarium Protein Skimmer: Marineland Pro Skimmers
Return Pump wise am looking at a Mag Drive 3 Mag Drive 3 Pump 350 GPH: Aquarium Supplies - Aqua Buys
Am thinking or leaning toward a Mag Drive 5 but worried if it will fit in the sump OR provide too much flow back to the main tank and overflow the overflow box/prefilter.
Also am worried about loss of power/siphon break and flooding...any pros or cons vs the
ESHOPP prefilters vs the CPR prefilters? Reef Aquarium Filtration: Eshopps Overflow Boxes
vs CPR Overflow Box
Yes my sump kit did not come with a prefilter as I think it was ordered for a reef ready tank which mine is not (no interal baffle area).
Other than the above is there anything I am forgetting?
Also I have another tank which I am considering adding a hang on back refigium later on. No space otherwise to move the tank nor is there any space in/under the stand to put one? Any review or experience with the folllowing? CPR Aquafuge 2 Refugium MD 18: Aquarium Supplies - Aqua Buys