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    sump on top of tank

    Hello this is my first post on this site. I am in the process of planning my sump/fuge and I think I want to have it above my tank and some kind of waterfall back into the tank? My question is how do I pump the water up to the sump. Would it work the same as a return from a sump underneath? How would I go about plumbing something like that? Any help would be appreciated:beer:
    50 gal reef tank
    coral beauty
    firefish
    mandarin goby
    yellow watchman
    ocellaris clown
    numerous inverts

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    If you want to have the surface skimming action of an overflow you will still need to have ether a HOB overflow box or built in overflow wall and a pump that is pumping water up to the sump / refuge. That pump will have to be somewhere below the tank in a reservoir of its own as well. Overhead sump / refuge usually also have an over flow box to control their water level. SO it's out of the tank, down to the pumps supply box , Up to the sump, back to the tank.
    Rob

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    I think I understand but do you know of any pics doing this?
    50 gal reef tank
    coral beauty
    firefish
    mandarin goby
    yellow watchman
    ocellaris clown
    numerous inverts

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    I am not aware of any pics of this but I am sure there are some somewhere. You have to have a reservoir of water for the return pump to take its supply from even if in this case the return is actually up to an overhead refuge. So you pretty much need to plan on a equipment sump under the tank and an over head refuge that empties back into the tank.
    Rob

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