How to Make a Sump for a Reef System

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Making a sump for a reef system will require you to pay close attention to the drain. Make a sump for a reef system with help from an experienced aquarium professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Bill Sheehan. How to make a sump for a reef system. There are many commercially available sumps for reef systems, but some people like to be adventurous and make their own. Some key important factors are, number one, the drain. You wanna make sure the drain is pitched, the perfect pitch. You don't want a dip in there that's gonna create a gas bubble and create a gurgling sound. Number two is your bulk head connecting into the sump. You wanna make sure to drill a nice, even hole, your bulk head is clean and snug, and it's not gonna bleed out any water, or salt creep. Then, you want a filter sock somewhere the water can mechanically filter through before entering the sump, catching big particles of food for waste, et cetera. Secondly, you want an open area system where you could put your protein skimmer, your chemical filtration. Then, you wanna put an over and under in. What this does is it collects micro bubbles out before they get below the pump, blowing back up into the tank. And, those are the basic steps of how to make a sump for a reef system.

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