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CaptFish

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#2
I'm sure building one one would be cheaper. Do a google search for 'DIY sump'

The other option is to look on craigslist for someone selling a used one.
 

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It depends ... as always :roll:

We use simple aquariums, don't use a chambered environment and do DIY for hanging a filter sock as the first contact for return water. It is simple, cheap and works well. If we upgrade to a larger tank, usually the original becomes the new sump. If you can find a scratched up acrylic tank cheaply it presents all kinds of easy possibilities but even a glass tank can be easily sectioned with acrylic if you choose to have a more traditional flow pattern. You may want to add a cover to contain splash but ours stays open (allowing for fans to help cool in summer) and the sock set up minimized splash issues.
 

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