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    Should you have a Sump / Refuge

    Should you have a Sump / Refuge on a tank what is under 40 gallons?

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    Senior Member Timeless1's Avatar
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    I do, extra water volume always helps.
    30 Gallon Breeder Driiled
    20 Gallon Sump
    Bubble Magus NAC6A skimmer
    2 -Vortech MP10 ES
    Quite one 3000 return
    40 lbs of LS
    60 lbs of LR

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

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    anyone know ways u can do it with out drilling the tank

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    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
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    i agree with the others, it isn't absolutely necessary but it is one of the things most people regret not doing. check with your local LFS, most should be able to get you an over the top overflow.

    maybe some others who use them can chime in with their preferred model....

    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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    300g reef system

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    Moderator ShipWreck's Avatar
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    That is a pretty basic design that looks okay except it has no room for a protein skimmer. One of the nicest benefits of the sump side is to house all the equipment like the heater, protein skimmer, media reactors, probes etc. Ideally you want the biggest sump/fuge you can get to ensure you can accommodate all the future additions. Also the extra water volume can help slow events like a PH spike, but the extra water volume should also be considered when sizing the skimmer to ensure proper turnover into the skimmer.
    Upgrade in the works! Keep looking for an update.

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