Stupid question from newbie in saltwater world...

Discussion in 'Sump' started by teddybear22482, May 24, 2006.

  1. teddybear22482

    teddybear22482Valued MemberMember

    What is a "sump"? And will I need one when I start my SW tank? are they a necessity? Just seems so complicated....
  2. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    Definitely not a stupid question. :)

    A sump is another tank, usually smaller, set up to hide equipment, aid in nutrient export, and increase the amount of water. Sumps help keep the water parameters stable while hiding ugly equipment.
  3. OP

    teddybear22482Valued MemberMember

    AHHH...I get it now...are they necessary?
  4. Mike

    MikeFishloreAdmin Moderator Member

    You can definitely setup a tank without a sump.
  5. OP

    teddybear22482Valued MemberMember

    Sweet...i was afraid I would need one and I have no clue how to set one up...kinda intimidated by
  6. Miss Mouse

    Miss MouseWell Known MemberMember

    I know what you mean! All this new terminology to learn - better than being back at school tho isn;t it?! ::)
  7. norcals14

    norcals14New MemberMember

    Get a sump! either buy or build! there are soooo many tutorials, diagrams and articles on it and it helps like crazy!

    10 reasons to add a sump/refugium:

    Personal satisfaction in building something
    Larger bioload
    hides equipment
    keeps water more stable
    creates food for your critters
    gives you another tank to aquascape and play with
    extends maintenance intervals
    makes an easy safe place to top off your tank
    becomes an additional display tank
    makes a low flow tank that can house sea horses and other sensitive livestock.
  8. agsansoo

    agsansooWell Known MemberMember

    What size is your tank and sump/fuge ?