- Dog's sump set up has a prefilter pad with bio ball chamber and complete live sand refugium incorporated into it.
- Peter Z.'s sump design is three chambered, with the middle chamber containing bio-media for biological filtration.
What are the benefits of having a sump?
- It makes an ideal place to put a protein skimmer (read reviews & compare prices), heater(s), and other equipment such as a calcium or nitrate reactor, because you don't have to figure out inventive ways to hide all this stuff when hung on the outside or placed inside an aquarium, and it saves on space.
- It is an ideal place to put bio-media for biological filtration, as well as perform additional mechanical and chemical filtration.
- It is the perfect place for dosing supplements. Topping off tank water and adding limewater (a.k.a. kalkwasser/calcium) or other additives to a reef tank goes hand in hand with a sump, because one of the dosing methods most often used by aquarists for introducing limewater into the tank is done by way of the water in the sump. This is usually accomplished by using a slow drip water top-off set up, or an auto-doser or metering pump.
- It adds additional beneficial tank water volume to your system.
- It can provide additional aeration to your system.
- It can contribute to improved quality of the aquarium water.
- When set up properly, it can act as a back up water overflow system if the power fails.
- Add the DIY Auto Top Off to your sump to eliminate the hassle of repetitive top offs.
Do you need a sump?
In our opinion it is a personal choice of whether to have a sump or not, but with the many benefits one can provide your system, along with how easy it really is to put together, why not?
Here are some more DIY Sump Projects & Plans you can use to build your own. You can also see what is available on the market in the Top Wet/Dry Filters. To learn more about how to set up a sump, refer to our Sump & Overflow Set Up Resources and take time to cruise through our Reef Tank Photo Galleries to visit personal saltwater Websites to see how other aquarists have set up sumps for their systems.