What is a sump.

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  1. Justin Thurston

    Justin Thurston Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Whats a sump, also, im an idiot, i plan on getting a 50 glalon, or maybe, 30 gallon tank for my bimac,,, what all do i need besides the tank, and also put in like what kind do i need. Thanks.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    A sump is a smaller aquarium usually housed under the main aquarium. Water circulates from the main aquarium into the sump and back again. The real advantage is that you can put various pumps and filters and your protein skimmer down there, and not have them in the tank itself or hanging off the side.

    For what you'll need, please read Colin's Equipment List
    http://www.tonmo.com/cephcare/cephcarejump.php

    While you're in amoung the Ceph Care articles, it might also help you to read Checklist: Things to think about before you get an octopus as a pet.

    Nancy
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    go for the 50...... 30 is too small for a fully grown bimac
     
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    Right, both of you! 50's are just about the same price anyway, and they look much better...
    If you are going to use a sump (HEAVILY recommended) you may want to ask your dealer about drilling the tank...makes the tank top securing situation much easier!
    Good luck!
    Greg
     
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    I'm thinking about getting a 50-70 gal tank, and I've had my eye on the Fluval 404. I'd do a sump, but one question is bugging me: what happens in a power failure? What's to stop the entire tank from overflowing down into the sump?
     
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    Taeloci Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    tank overflow, nope.

    Good question jetflee, but that is not a problem if you do it right. The idea of an overflow, whether a box or a drilled hole in the main tank, is that if the sump's pump fails, water will drain out of the tank until the level goes below the overflow. Then, on the sump end, the tank is usually only 1/3 or 1/2 full, leaving plenty of space for the extra water to fill in from the main tank in case of a power failure. This is probably the most genius idea in the hobby, besides the protein skimmer and refugium filters.
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Imagine that!

    Not a mention of TONMO.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted:
     
  9. rc

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    i have a 55g that is almost ready for my bimac, instead of a sump i got a amiracle hang on the back wet/dry filter with a built in skimer, it has a few advantages, first about the power fail, the water is pumped into the filter via a small pump in the tank therefore if power fails water stops leaving the tank, the returns are enclosed L shaped tubes which makes it easy to secure them, i put a sponge in them, also the pump goes directly into the skimer so every drop of water goes through the skimer first.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Do you have something covering the intakes?? we use plankton mesh over drains etc we have flow through tanks so not the same issues but escaping through ANY available space is always an issue :D

    J
     
  11. rc

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    no, there is no intake per say, it is a small pump conected to a tube which pumps into the wet/dry, so the only thing i have to worry about is the returns
     

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