My Sump Design

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One of the most important things to ensure you have fun at keeping a saltwater aquarium is the design and effectiveness of your sump.

At any given time you need to depend on your sump as well as ensure it has all of the functional aspects to make the hobby easier on you. After all, the end result of making a reef tank is to sit back and enjoy it.

My sump is made up of three chambers:

  1. Main chamber (This can be used to place your heaters/dosing pumps, As well as be used to keep extra live rock/sand and grow some macroalgae in the future).
  2. This is a strategic chamber that keeps a constant water level for the protein skimmer.
  3. This final chamber incorporates a bubble trap to ensure the protein skimmer is creating tons of microbubbles in the display tank and houses the return pump (In my case a QuietOne 3000). In this third chamber I have also siliconed an acrylic “L” bracket to keep my Kent Marine float valve which is connected to a 5 Gallon bucket of RO/DI Water. This keeps my specific gravity constant and minimizes labour. (Instead of topping off the evaporated water once per day I can fill the 5 gallon bucket every 3-5 days depending on the room temperature).

Chamber #1 starts on the left and follows to the right.

1 comment

  1. JakeHilfter

    Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting.

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