My tank is a 55 gallon saltwater tank with 2x 60 gal marineland filters on it, 300 watt heating system, 2 powerheads, and it is a fish only setup. The tank has been running for a few months with a clarkii clownfish, 2 damsels, royal gramma, and a coral banded shrimp. I am looking to do a sump setup on the tank. My question is what would I need? I have a 20 gal tank to use.Can I do it without drilling holes, and for the filtering could I just move my current filters down to the tank? Just need to clear up the whole thing.
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Sounds like you want to make this a do it yourself kind of project. There is forum here for that: DIY - Reeflands Forum I recommend you post there.
For now, the general system most like are those that are open. You pump water into the main display and that water overflows into piping that carries the water to the sump. There a pump pumps the water back up to the display. The sump can be setup with filters, treatments, skimmer, etc. for treating water before it returns to the display.
There are ways to handle this 'overflow' from the display. Drilling as you've seen other setups, and siphoning. Drilling is the most reliable. But those in the DIY Forum will provide many choices, I'm sure.
The goal is that when the return pump is shut off (for whatever reason), the sump doesn't overfill with the overflow water from the display.
Post your fish care and health questions on the Reefland MARINE FISH: CARE, HEALTH AND DISEASE TREATMENT Forum.
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