Hi, Welcome to the site!Hey still learning before I start spending, can I use a 10 gallon tank for the Sump on a 55 gallon tank? I see there are kit on ebay but not sure if the 10 gallon would work for a 55 gallon tank.
LOL...As for what I said... Yes, you can use a glass pane to create a small chamber that is shorter then the rest of the sump, the water from the display would flow to it before overflowing to the rest of the sump where your skimmer is located. There are lots of different designs for sumps with a refugium chamber.To clarify u mean in the sump? Lol
Thanks for all the replies everyone and thanks for the creative idea beaslbob, I guess the container dimensions would have to be the same as a 20 gallon if I purchase a 20 kit?There are many alternatives to using an aquarium or pre build tank for a sump.
For instance, plastic storage containers from wallmart/building supply places and the like. A large(r) container for a refugium with a smaller container for the actual sump area. I used a $5 15-20g container on my 55g with the long dimension for and aft in the stand. So it poked out the back of the stand. I could then run the drain straight down to the refugium.
You and also put the smaller container in the larger to serve the function of baffles.
One thing I did that worked out really really good was to cram in 1/4 square plastic grid (lighting diffuser/egg crate) about 3" from the back glass. And added cheapie 2 tube shop lights behind the tank pointing forward. The area between the back glass and egg crate formed a lit refugium where macros and pods thrived. And the fish grazed on the macros that poked through. Nitrates dropped to 0 in three weeks and phosphates followed a couple of months later.
If you do use an external sump be sure to adjust for power out, power return, and drain blockage. I forgot the latter. The idea is to adjust sump level so that when a drain is blocked the sump runs dry before the display floods.
Not necessarily.Thanks for all the replies everyone and thanks for the creative idea beaslbob, I guess the container dimensions would have to be the same as a 20 gallon if I purchase a 20 kit?
With storage containers you will not be able to "glue" in dividers/baffles.Okay cool sound like a plan. once I buy a cabinet Ill take the internal measurements before going container shopping..LOLOL what would be the best thing to use for divider walls