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56 column

« posted: 2 years ago »
Got this 56 gallon column tank yesterday in a trade. Came with 2 stands. The manufacturer stand that my wife likes. But it might only hold a 10 gallon sump. And a day stand that will hold a 20 gallon. Will a 10 work?
 

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Size reference
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
Yes, you can use a 10 gallon for a sump (that's what I have), but you need to be creative in getting your equipment placed (if you are trying to get a lot of stuff in there), and be very careful to have enough space to handle the overflow when power goes off.

But bigger is better, I don't think anyone has ever thought "I wish my sump wasn't so big"!

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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
Thanks, I mostly want to house a good skimmer, and a little cpr reactor I have.i was originally going to go with sea skimmer. But I put a cad lights pieless skimmer on a tank for someone. They were really limited on space. Only had 5" X 5" to work with. The foot print is 4 3/4" 4 3/4" on this skimmer. Rated for a 100 gallon.
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If you can post a pic of your setup , please
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« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
A 15 gallon high has the same footprint as a 10 gallon and allows more water to drain back in when the return pump is off.  It does make working in the sump difficult since you are so close to the bottom of the display tank though.
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« Reply #6 posted: 2 years ago »
Here is my sump in a 10 gallon.
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« Reply #7 posted: 2 years ago »
Nice! I see the sca skimmer, what size is it?  And what's behind the ato?

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Nice! I see the sca skimmer, what size is it?  And what's behind the ato?

It is an SCA-301, and I've been very happy with it.

Behind the ATO is another container of the same size, housing a remote deep sand bed.  The smaller pump in the front of the return area feeds container, the main return pump is behind it.
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The drain line   looks to be in the middle. But the skimmer is to the left and I see water over flowing to the middle. How is this done?
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The drain line   looks to be in the middle. But the skimmer is to the left and I see water over flowing to the middle. How is this done?

Yes, the drain is about in the middle.  Water flows to the left past the skimmer, then forward and to the right through the rock rubble.  From there the bubble trap is full-width.  I did it by building two taller walls around the filter sock area (to the front and right), and a lower wall where it overflows into the rubble. 

Let me know if that makes sense, I can sketch up a diagram if it would help.
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I got a wet/dry trickle filter that's rated for a 75 or 150. Would this be better ?
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Waters in and using just a 10 gallon with no baffles.
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Replaced the big 4 bulb t5 for a low profile 2 bulb t5. Going to replace the actinic and 10,000 k for 2 6500k from home depot. I researched theses will grow macros better. Also used all cured rock and sand.
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Need some lunar lights and I have 1 of these in my junk box. I got it all wall mart.

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