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  1. #1

    Default Thinking Sumpless options...

    0 Not allowed!
    While I like my 34 g RSM, it has accessability issues that I'm finding unbearable.

    Hubby asked me why I don't get another system? Well, outside of the price, it's mostly because I don't want a sump. I don't want to deal with pipes or plumbing. I know it's doable...I just don't want to deal with it.

    So...why couldn't I just block off part of a 75g with black glass (have it acting as the sump)...and leaving me with enough room to work in? I'm so tired of scraped and bleeding knuckles and broken fingernails...

    It would be the same idea as the RSM...just not as problematic, albeit a little less tidy. I don't mind the power bar being under the often as I switch anything on or off, I can bend over = nothing wrong with my back.
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 3 Fancies, 2 Comets
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

  2. #2


    0 Not allowed!
    Are you talking about putting a glass panel in the tank to create a separate compartment for the equipment ? I read about that being done and some people really like that. Almost like a built in sump, sort of.

    Is a HOB skimmer and other equipment a option for you

    I know you stated you did not want a sump, but I know a guy who is giving away a 30 gallon sump. As we live in the same city (almost) I would be more than willing to help you with the plumbing and what not. I know you have made comments before in my reef journal about it looking high-tech. Trust me, it’s not. It can’t be as my wife doesn’t want to have to worry about anything going wrong while I’m out of town.

    I can easily show you how simple it really can be, all for the price of a cup of coffee.

    The offer stands if you are interested.
    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL=""]

  3. #3


    0 Not allowed!
    We can still have coffee!

    ...but I'll pass on the sump...thank you though!

    ...and yes...a built-in the RSM is ...just with room to fix/exchange-replace/clean equipment in. I don't mind if it takes aways space from the display...HOB skimmer would be nice...

    If I have a 75 g total volume, that's twice what I have now...and would give me some more leeway and options...I don't need 75 g plus the added volume of a sump...
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 3 Fancies, 2 Comets
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

  4. #4


    0 Not allowed!
    Rue, sounds like what I'm doing for my current setup would be an option for you. Mind you, I didn't bother with the blackout panel to create an in-tank sump. No reason to not do a sumpless system and add a HOB skimmer. I have the Octopus BH-100F model on my 75 and I love it. It has 3 chambers in it, 1 for the motor, one is the skimming chamber, and the 3rd chamber is for placing filter media like Carbon, Pruigen, Phosguard, etc. I am running Purigen and Phosguard in mine, along with a sponge cut to the sice of the chamber to hold both bags down, and to also provide some physical filtration. I simply rinse that sponge out once a week.
    Considering a Marine Aquarium? A Breakdown of the Components, Live Rock, Cycling a Marine Tank

    "The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice." - Unknown

  5. #5


    0 Not allowed!
    Thanks... I didn't think of not having a black-out/in-tank box either...that would be even easier...

    So many ideas!

    It's good to know yours is working well...

    Still lots of thinking to do!
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 3 Fancies, 2 Comets
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

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