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post #1 of 9 Old 12-13-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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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

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-14-2007, 04:36 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-14-2007, 05:37 PM
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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.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-14-2007, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
1 Glass Fish
2 Blue Sunset Gourami
3 African Dwarf Frog
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-14-2007, 07:42 PM
If it was me, I'd run a 75g sump with a 10g display.

I actually saw this once and it was awesome.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-15-2007, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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That would be crazy but it would keep your levels good.

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-18-2007, 08:10 AM
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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
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-18-2007, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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that would be very.. um interesting. what are in each compartment of the sump?

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-18-2007, 09:13 PM
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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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