Building a sump into display tank

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Hello

So I'm brand new to this and I'm looking for any and all advice and hopefully an answer to my questions.

I'm thinking about buying a 75L tank and want to set it up as a small soft coral reef with just 1 or 2 clown fish and a few small invertebrates.
The tanks I have been looking at are all around 30-35cm in depth and I was thinking about partitioning 5-10cm at the rear of it to make a sump for protein skimmer, filtration, pump etc.

I can't seem to find much info about people doing this and I wondered why as it seems it would be a good way to hide unsightly equipment and add aeration.

Also what equipment would you recommend for a 75 L setup in regards to pumps/filters/skimmers etc, links for good places to buy would also be appreciated if you have the time.

Thanks for reading

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Reply #1

Hi, @Baxidur

Welcome to ReefBase.

There are some tanks that already have rear compartment sumps you could look at to get inspiration for your design. The Kent BioReef 94L is one of similar size. Maybe you could buy a skimmer for one of those and accommodate it in your design?
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Thanks for the thought, looked at a few of the ones that have them built in already but can't find one with the correct dimensions, that is what inspired me to make my own.

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Reply #3

Making your own will be very enjoyable.

How about a 2ft cube? You need the depth to allow for the sump, and so a 2ft cube which is about 227L, will allow plenty of depth to add the rear sump and still have a decent depth.

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Reply #4

Size wise my max dimensions are 35 D, 60 W, 40 H

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Reply #5

Welcome @Baxidur

Cool project!

The Tunze 9001 skimmer might work,  it's 10cm deep but only 3cm wide, so if you could mount the right way round in the tank, you could get away with using quite a narrow sump.



I've got its big brother, the 9004 in my 85L tank and I absolutely love it.  I think a 9004 would eat a lot into your display space though as its footprint is 10x11cm
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