Sump designs

Model "I" Sump

Due to the lack of space, this sump was built in two parts so it could be installed more readily. The skimmer and return zone are in the shorter sump, and the taller vessel is the refugium. The sump is 28" x 14" x 14"( or 23.8-gallons) and the refugium is 10" x 14" x 18"( or 10.9-gallons). When running, the combined volume of both parts added up to about 23g of water.

Model "L" Sump

David, a member of DFWMAS, requested a custom sump that he designed himself. Water flows through a small section filled with bioballs to break up the bubbles, then into the skimmer section. Next, it will flow through a refugium using Miracle Mud, and down through more bioballs into the return section. This sump is 48" x 16" x 16" and fit under a 125g reef. This is a single-flow sump system that moves the water from the left to the right.

Model "M" Sump

This sump & refugium is designed to fit under a smaller tank. Dimensions are 26" x 18" x 16" and can also be made cube shaped (20" x 20" x 16" for example). What is nice about this sump is that the refugium spans the entire front so you can enjoy seeing the macro algae grow and the pods scurrying about.

Model "K" Sump

By special request, this sump was designed to fit under a 90g bowfront tank.

Dimensions: 32" x 12" x 16" (26g maximum volume)

Model "D" Sump

This sump had to be a creative one, because #1) it was for someone new entering into the hobby and didn't have previous experience with any reef keeping, and #2) the design of the stand made things very difficult to fit anything in of decent size. Originally, it was to be a one-piece unit, but in mid-stream the skimmer was replaced with a different sized unit, and everything was reworked.

Model "E" Sump

Smaller sumps are still practical because they hide your aquarium's equipment and eliminate the need for hang-on-back skimmers and reactors.  It places the heater in an area out of sight, and you can even install cooling fans to help keep temperatures within target range.  The Model E sump was designed for to hold a very small skimmer on the left.

Model "G" Sump

When someone likes a certain sump but wants it bigger, what happens is a new model is born.  The Model F layout was what the customer wanted, but they wanted it BIGGER.  The layout is the same, although there's a larger bubble tower in this particular sump so the user could place carbon in that compartment whenever he desired. 

Model "H" Sump

This sump is designed to fit under a 200g reef. Two drainlines will be plumbed into it, with the majority of the water draining into the skimmer section and a lesser amount into the refugium. Both zones drain into the common return zone, and the water is pumped back up to the display tank with an external pump. This is an oversized version of the Model G-EXT sump.

Model "B" Sump

Having trouble fitting a sump under a 55 gallon Reef? After giving it some thought, I came up with a solution!

What I needed was something that would fit in a very narrow area, due to the bracing in the back of the stand. However, I had more space on both sides of the brace, which would add up to more gallons of water if utilized. I gave this a lot of thought, trying to come up with a way to install the sump within the stand without having to take down the tank in the process. After a few weeks, I finally realized the perfect solution.

Model "C" Sump

When I get called to design a sump for a built-in wall unit, it's tricky. Normal home construction usually won't factor in any type of room to install aquarium filtration and the wall studs are typically in the way. Usually no matter how the stand is built, the sump just doesn't seem to fit. In this case, a small sump (pictured below) was installed to care for the needs of a 340g 8' long tank. After two years, and flooded carpeting too numerous to count, I was asked to build them something new that would help their reef and keep the carpeting dry. They literally kept a wet-vac next to the tank so it was ready to suck up water - that's too often!

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