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Thread: DIY sumb

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    Hello every one

    I'm going to build my own sumb. I was thinking if doing it out of acrylic for 2 reasons. It would allow me to customize it as I wanted it As well it would give me practice for when I want to make my own larger acrylic tank.

    I understand how a sumb works and how to build it. The area that I'm still the most confused about is the overhang box. wont be drilling my Aquarium. Its made of glass and has live fish in it already. With this being the case I will have to do something else. I would rather have my overflow box on the inside of my aquarium for the simple fact I want to minimize all my risk. Any ideas on how I could do this. Iv read that you can use a specimen box and hang it on the inside of the aquarium and then run your plumbing from that down to the sumb.

    The other thing I'm still struggling to wrap my head around is how to get the water from the overflow box to the sumb without using a pump. Online they seem to use a T at the high point of the plumbing as it comes up from the over flow box heading to the sumb of the aquarium and they poor water in this T to start a siphon. Does this really work? What are the draw back to doing this?

    I'v read that it helps to have two inflow pipes running from the aquarium to the sumb. How would you do this when you are using your own overflow box with out drilling the aquarium?

    I would love to hear from people who were just as confused as I was and how they figured it out. Any helpful links or diagrams would be very helpful. Any last helpful tip or ticks to make and maintaining a overflow/sumb filtration system.

    Thank you for your time I looks forward from hearing from you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WyattGuzoto

    I'm going to build my own sumb.
    Do you mean sump?
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=101658

    this is my DIY thread i just uploaded a picture of the overflow today actually. It's a double U-tube overflow. The first U goes in the tank and fills when the tank overflows. This side is in fact a siphon. The second U goes outside the tank and is an overflow, if power goes out the overflow stays primed and will flow again once power comes back on.
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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    Just roughly hand drawn.
    Power off water flows until lower than the T piece and stays in the outer pipe due to the vaccum created when you suck the air out of the check valve.


    Power on water flows, tank overflowing due to return pump.


    really important to have the leftmost pipe higher than the rest.
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
    journal @
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    The below info might also help. It's based on marine sumps but there is a lot of similarities which can still be applied

    http://www.evillabs.net/wiki/index.p...Sucking_Siphon

    http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.co...e-sump-basics/

    http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.co...umbing-basics/
    Last edited by Cliff; 11-27-2012 at 11:33 AM.
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    Nice all those links were very helpful thanks so much.
    Any one else have something to add?

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    @waack

    Have you been able to test your design yet? Curious the GPH it's giving you. I have similar design and currently getting about 80 GPH out of it when tested. I'm also going to use a air check valve and hook it up to the power head to draw air out. Once you have the air out though, you shouldn't need to do anything more with it.

    @wyattguzoto

    Apologize if this was already posted, but here's a great link regarding sump filtration systems. http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-01/gt/index.php
    25 Gal - Tropical
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    Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project

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    um havent tested yet im going to be running 2 of them sized at 25mm diameter it all depends on the size of the pipe you use
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
    journal @
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=101658

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