What do I need in my sump???

wisco-reef

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I have a 75gl tank with a 20gl sump that is sectioned off into three parts. In the first part (starting from left to right) I have some live rock,glass bottom, and that's where the water from the tank comes into the sump. In the middle part I have 3in of sump mud, that I have to change, Some cheato, crab, small peices of live rock and some plants, In the final section I have 2 small peice's of live rock and the pump that pump's water back up. Is there anything else I need. I'm taking my canister filter out today because I think it might be causing problems.
 

Aquarist007

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Re: What do I need in my sump???

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14816775#post14816775 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wisco-reef
I have a 75gl tank with a 20gl sump that is sectioned off into three parts. In the first part (starting from left to right) I have some live rock,glass bottom, and that's where the water from the tank comes into the sump. In the middle part I have 3in of sump mud, that I have to change, Some cheato, crab, small peices of live rock and some plants, In the final section I have 2 small peice's of live rock and the pump that pump's water back up. Is there anything else I need. I'm taking my canister filter out today because I think it might be causing problems.

I would remove the live rock from the last section or pump system--you want that area clear of debris so it doesn't interfer with the return pump--the live rock does add a good deal of detrius to the bottom of the sump.

Why do you have to change the mud in the second section--aka your refugium?

I would gut your canister filter and fill it with carbon--run it that way--change out the carbon every three weeks.
 

PAZE

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Put you skimmer in the first section then your refug, add your heaters in there if you like, then your return, keep your return clean and empty, just water.
 

RULISCARS

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Reconfigure my sump...getting microbubbles in my display

Reconfigure my sump...getting microbubbles in my display

Im not a pro so I would like some help.I have a 100 GL reef with 200 lbs of live rock a pair of clowns a cardinal. Lawmower blenny. Medium yellow tang royal gramma and a foxface
I also have a variety of Corals ...I have an overflow which flows 600 gph I also installed an eheim 2128 filter that is good for up to a 165 GL tank.
My sump( the problem) I have three chambers first ...live rock and then the skimmed chamber that flows back into the first chamber and then. I have a bubble trap that doesn't seem to work and at the end is my return pump that I have sponges before it to help eliminate micro bubbles....IS THERE A BETTER WAY THAT I SHOULD HAVE THIS AND DO I NEED TO HAVE LIVE ROCK IN MY SUMP SINCE I HAVE SO MUCH IN MY DISPLAY.HELP!!!
 

Indymann99

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Below is pic of how I have my 3 section sump configured.

Left to Right
Skimmer section - water from tank enters here as well

Fuge with sand some LR and cheeto - I do have a small Rio powerhead in there for added circulation.

Return section with Return pump

I dont have probs with microbubbles.
I shop vac out the skimmer and return sections once a month for cleaning.
I have my sump plumbed for doing WC out/in of the sump.
hope this helps
Sump12132009.jpg
 

RULISCARS

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Reconfigure my sump...getting microbubbles in my display

Reconfigure my sump...getting microbubbles in my display

Im not a pro so I would like some help.I have a 100 GL reef with 200 lbs of live rock a pair of clowns a cardinal. Lawmower blenny. Medium yellow tang royal gramma and a foxface
I also have a variety of Corals ...I have an overflow which flows 600 gph I also installed an eheim 2128 filter that is good for up to a 165 GL tank.
My sump( the problem) I have three chambers first ...live rock and then the skimmed chamber that flows back into the first chamber and then. I have a bubble trap that doesn't seem to work and at the end is my return pump that I have sponges before it to help eliminate micro bubbles....IS THERE A BETTER WAY THAT I SHOULD HAVE THIS AND DO I NEED TO HAVE LIVE ROCK IN MY SUMP SINCE I HAVE SO MUCH IN MY DISPLAY.HELP!!!
 

RULISCARS

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WOW I WANNA BE LIKE YOU WHEN I GROW UP THANKS ALOT...I THINK IM REARRANGING. MY SUMP....FIRST SKIMMER THEN FUGE AND THEN RETURN...would it be too much to ask a bit more detail I see three baffles but no sure how the return section is setup also I see ball valves I rreally appreciate all your help
 
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