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  1. #1

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    Default Need help building a sump

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    Hi guys,

    I have never built a sump and would like to make one, but I have no experience with sumps and don't really know how things work. I have a 125 gallon tank and, as far as filtering, I have no issues, I have it filtered at 320 gal. What I want is to add live plants (not to the tank) to help me with water quality. I am thinking about getting a 50 gal. rubbermaid or something along those lines to plant it. Here is, roughly speaking, my idea:

    Add a HOB overflow to the tank, have it overflow into the rubbermaid with plants, then back to the tank. As far as I know, I need a return pump to pump the water back into the tank once it reaches a certain level, so far so good.

    I have seen the utility pumps available and don't know what to do, I am afraid to overflow the tank, the sump, or burn out the pump. Here are my questions:
    - Can the pumps run continuously outside of the water? If so, I', thinking of setting up the pump on a rock or something at a certain height, once the water in the sump reaches the running pump then the pump sends it right back to the tank (which means the pump will be running dry quite often). Will this work?

    Any help is appreciated

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    I'd recommend doing a lot of research on this... but there are some great people to talk to about them.

    Look up mmramsey's threads, he does some great builds on his sumps

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    Pumps can not run without water, that will damage them.

    The below links will help you design a sump that will avoid the problems you are referring to. It's actually pretty easy once you have gone through and built on for yourself
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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