Sump/Refugium Ideas - 180Gal Tank

k8XP

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We are purchasing the Emerald 39g Sump for our 180 gal tank we will be setting up and are looking for ideas.

We are thinking of doing one large refugium in the middle since there are 4 sections to this sump. Is that a good idea, or should we do 2 small refugiums maybe with different things in each? Our plan is moss and cherry shrimp.

Secondly, what kind of media do you guys prefer to use? This is the first time we have used a sump.

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This prob doesn't help you, but I, for one, would love an explanation on sumps in general. Like Barney-style it by telling what it is, why you need or don't need one, it's purpose, etc. I've tried reading on them and most articles assume you already know what they're for.
 
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They are really great for large tanks because the water from the tank overflows into the sump beneath your main tank, the water then travels through 3 sections of filter media, before the clean water is then distributed back into the tank. They provide a large amount of filter media for bacteria colony, and many people put plants and shrimp/small fish in the "refugium" section of the sump to help aid in keeping nitrates down. When you have a sump, your tank never loses it's water level. The water level goes down in your sump instead, which also aids in aesthetics of the tank. Another aesthetic feature is that you put your heater and filter pump into the sump also. Basically, besides overflow columns, this means the tank doesn't have any equipment showing.

Another awesome positive is that you can connect automatic water level kits to the sump that will automatically refill the sumps water level to normal operating level when it senses the valve is getting low - since the sump experiences the evaporation.
 

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k8XP said:
They are really great for large tanks because the water from the tank overflows into the sump beneath your main tank, the water then travels through 3 sections of filter media, before the clean water is then distributed back into the tank. They provide a large amount of filter media for bacteria colony, and many people put plants and shrimp/small fish in the "refugium" section of the sump to help aid in keeping nitrates down. When you have a sump, your tank never loses it's water level. The water level goes down in your sump instead, which also aids in aesthetics of the tank. Another aesthetic feature is that you put your heater and filter pump into the sump also. Basically, besides overflow columns, this means the tank doesn't have any equipment showing.

Another awesome positive is that you can connect automatic water level kits to the sump that will automatically refill the sumps water level to normal operating level when it senses the valve is getting low - since the sump experiences the evaporation.

The world beneath...some thoughts on freshwater sumps...


Excellent article.
THANKS SO MUCH!!!
 

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