Sump

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  1. jakester

    jakester O. vulgaris Registered

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    Is it less expensive to build my own sump or buy one? If building one, how have any of you done this?
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    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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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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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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    jakester O. vulgaris Registered

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    I will try to make my own sump. What is a good protein skimmer for a 65 gallon tank?
     
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    rryyddeerr Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    one that you make, yourself.
     

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