Submitted by melev on Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:45
This was a sump I built for a LFS near me. The challenge was making a sump big enough to hold water from about 20 tanks draining into it, and be able to handle a new shipment of livestock that arrives. All those bagged items quickly increase the total system volume. And then throughout the day, water is taken as each piece of livestock is sold, dropping the total system volume.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:29
A sump was requested for a corner tank. Because there was no room to work in that stand, this sump & refugium was designed to be installed in an adjacent cabinet, providing easy access and more volume to the system. By the way, this is probably my favorite sump because of its uniqueness.
Taking pictures of acrylic sounds easy at first, but for the reader online it can be difficult to see things clearly. So, here is a sketch to help you visualize the unit.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:13
Keith, a DFWMAS club member and customer of mine, ordered a frag tank and matching sump. He designed the steel stand and listed his desires, and I got busy building his dream setup.
The frag tank is 47.75" x 30" x 14" and holds 75g of water. The custom overflow has three Durso drains and two Locline returns, with room for pumps on either side of the overflow.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:11
I was asked to build a 4' x 3' propagation tank for DFWMAS, and after a little thinking and a little more time building, this is what they got. This is a durable tank that will last for years, made with 3/8" cast acrylic. The corner overflow has a 1.5" drain and 1" return, which is plenty for this volume of water.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:09
The first sump I designed was basically a refugium and a return zone. It incorporated a bubble tower to avoid microbubbles, and kept the sump quiet. It fit under a 29-gallon reef, and held 16-gallons to the top rim.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:08
Due to the lack of space, this sump was built in two parts so it could be installed more readily. The skimmer and return zone are in the shorter sump, and the taller vessel is the refugium. The sump is 28" x 14" x 14"( or 23.8-gallons) and the refugium is 10" x 14" x 18"( or 10.9-gallons). When running, the combined volume of both parts added up to about 23g of water.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:05
David, a member of DFWMAS, requested a custom sump that he designed himself. Water flows through a small section filled with bioballs to break up the bubbles, then into the skimmer section. Next, it will flow through a refugium using Miracle Mud, and down through more bioballs into the return section. This sump is 48" x 16" x 16" and fit under a 125g reef. This is a single-flow sump system that moves the water from the left to the right.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:01
This sump had to be a creative one, because #1) it was for someone new entering into the hobby and didn't have previous experience with any reef keeping, and #2) the design of the stand made things very difficult to fit anything in of decent size. Originally, it was to be a one-piece unit, but in mid-stream the skimmer was replaced with a different sized unit, and everything was reworked. The base unit holds the skimmer and the return area. Above it, a refugium drains diagonally into the return area.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 02:59
By special request, this sump was designed to fit under a 90g bowfront tank.
Dimensions: 32" x 12" x 16" (26g maximum volume)
Submitted by melev on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 02:58
This sump & refugium is designed to fit under a smaller tank. Dimensions are 26" x 18" x 16" and can also be made cube shaped (20" x 20" x 16" for example). What is nice about this sump is that the refugium spans the entire front so you can enjoy seeing the macro algae grow and the pods scurrying about.