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Bernout
12-03-2011, 09:14 PM
If you have a 3 compartment sump I'd be very interested in hearing how you have it configured; i.e. what's in each compartment?

What are you doing for mechanical filtration? Any additional biological filtration besides the live rock in your main display? If you have a refugium, what's in it?

Thanks in advance for your info since it will help guide me when I get my main tank going. :)

Bernout

Scuba_Steve
12-03-2011, 10:32 PM
I have always configured for skimmer/refugium/return. In the refugium I put 4-6" of sand and cheato. Some type of cool non reef safe crab or some pulsing xenia is always cool as well.

calvin415
12-03-2011, 10:58 PM
There more than one way to setup a sump, but for me... Biological Filtering done by Live Rock in the Display... Mechanical Filtering done by the Skimmer in Zone 1 (Right) Return in the Zone 2 (Center) Chemical Filtering/Nutrient Export done by the Algae Turf Scrubber fed from the Return in Zone 3(Left).

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/calvin415/ADA%20Build/DSCN6152.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/calvin415/ADA%20Build/DSCN6151.jpg

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http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/calvin415/ADA%20Build/DSCN6165.jpg

Turf Scrubber:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/calvin415/ADA%20Build/DSCN6233.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/calvin415/ADA%20Build/DSCN6345.jpg

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JLAURENCE32
12-07-2011, 10:46 PM
I like more of the traditional way like Steve, skimmer/refugium/return. I also like the refugium/return area with a short bubble wall so both can take on evap together. I can't plumb an ATO, so I need alot of evap time. Skimmer area has to be a constant water level height.

Bernout
12-07-2011, 11:12 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone! Keep 'em coming...I'm especially interested in your mechanical filtering and refugium setups.


There more than one way to setup a sump, but for me... Biological Filtering done by Live Rock in the Display... Mechanical Filtering done by the Skimmer in Zone 1 (Right) Return in the Zone 2 (Center) Chemical Filtering/Nutrient Export done by the Algae Turf Scrubber fed from the Return in Zone 3(Left).

I didn't realize that Skimmers did mechanical filtration as well???? Is that pretty much standard?

Bernout

calvin415
12-07-2011, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone! Keep 'em coming...I'm especially interested in your mechanical filtering and refugium setups.



I didn't realize that Skimmers did mechanical filtration as well???? Is that pretty much standard?

Bernout

Yeah, all that crap in the collection cup is from physically removing waste... Some add filter socks, or filter pads, while they work great and really polish the water, they clog quickly and require very regular maintenance which I do not enjoy doing. I prefer to work on my tank when I feel like it, rather than when it needs it. ;) As part of my regiment, I shut down my sump every 4-6 week, take apart my skimmer and pumps cleaning them, scrub everything down in my sump, pump all the water to the drain, shop vac it dry, wipe it all down, fill it with new saltwater, and turn it all back on. Acts as a 30-35% water change while removing every bit of excess detritus, algae, sludge, etc which is breaking down and adding nutrients to the system. I believe a clean sump means an even cleaner tank. But like I said before, there is more than one way to keep a reef, it's just advice... You can do what ever you like, it's your tank. :)

Bernout
12-11-2011, 11:50 AM
Yeah, all that crap in the collection cup is from physically removing waste... Some add filter socks, or filter pads, while they work great and really polish the water, they clog quickly and require very regular maintenance which I do not enjoy doing. I prefer to work on my tank when I feel like it, rather than when it needs it. ;) As part of my regiment, I shut down my sump every 4-6 week, take apart my skimmer and pumps cleaning them, scrub everything down in my sump, pump all the water to the drain, shop vac it dry, wipe it all down, fill it with new saltwater, and turn it all back on. Acts as a 30-35% water change while removing every bit of excess detritus, algae, sludge, etc which is breaking down and adding nutrients to the system. I believe a clean sump means an even cleaner tank. But like I said before, there is more than one way to keep a reef, it's just advice... You can do what ever you like, it's your tank. :)

Nice! What do you do with your TAS during all of that? I assume you keep the algae on it? Also, is that the only water change you do or do you do smaller weekly amounts or something?

Thanks for the info!

Bernout

calvin415
12-11-2011, 08:30 PM
Nice! What do you do with your TAS during all of that? I assume you keep the algae on it? Also, is that the only water change you do or do you do smaller weekly amounts or something?

Thanks for the info!

Bernout

ATS is scraped as needed, usually weekly... Large WC is the only one it gets.