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    Will this sump benefit me in anyway?

    Hey guys, I have a 65 gallon tank I just started, theres only live rock and live sand in it right now. I was thinking of making a sump, my question is, is this sump going to benefit me by addin LR and LS or will it only be good for hiding the skimmer and heater?

    green lines are overflow and return, red is skimmer, yellow is heater, and at the bottom is ls and lr

    I also did not want to grow chaeto, since tank would be in the cabnit under the tank, and didin't want lights shining.

    Thanks Guys!

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    adding a sump with LR and LS will definitely help.
    ( every little bit helps )

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    The area that contains the liverock/sand is usually refered to as a refugium or fuge. If you are going to use a fuge for any purpose growing cheato is probably one of the best. It takes up the same nutrients that feed other algaes and is easily removed from the system through pruning.

    That being said, I agree with liv, something is always better then nothing.
    Upgrade in the works! Keep looking for an update.

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    yea i would suggest that over what you are currenlty thinking of buying from BA's. sumps are the best for hiding everything and also help with filtering your water.

    Building Quality not Quantity

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    any added water volume adds to the stability of the system. being able to hide the equipment is just a bonus. i would reconsider the chaeto, it requires very little light and pays you back by removing N & P from your system. i like a different orientation, where you send untreated water ( not skimmed ) to the refugium. here's a sketch of my sump using this set up.


    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor

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