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where to put the sump
I am not sure where to put the ( ~ at least 100 gal) sump for a ~ 180 gal reef tank. The sump will either go several feet away from the tank (plumbed to go through and to the other side of a closet or plumbed to go into the basement.
I am asking for opinions of other that have done it or seen it done.
Here is what I figure are the pros and cons:
Sump in basement:
Pros - Can get a larger sump (more then 100 gal)
- Might stay cooler
Cons - Greater distance from tank - thus if any problems - would be a PIA
going between the two (upstairs / downstairs)
- Need a larger return pump
- If problems - might not know it because I do not go into the
basment every day
- Have go downstairs to deal with it
Sump several feet away in next room:
Pros - Nice and close and easier to monitor
- It is near a window so I can avoid heat build up simply by opening
Cons - Small sump (due to weight issues)
- will still need to be supported just like the tank to prevent from
crashing through the floor
Am I missing anything ? Does any one have any experience or knowledge that given these two situations....you would say " I would never do XXXXX or I wish I had done XXXXX " ?
Thank you for your time
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Bigger is better IMO , if this is your last system you are setting up in this house, do it right, And do the 100+ in the basement, throw a couple of 300 watt heaters scattered around in it to keep it warm, you will like it cooler in the summer, save on a chiller. Don't buy a cheap return and you shouldn't run into problems. Good luck and let's see some pics.
Putting your sump in the basement is a lot of extra work and does increase the cost upfront. When adding a basement sump I would strongly recommend purchasing an Apex controller (so you can have two displays). If you automate everything you can go into the basement once a week to check the skimmer. You picked up on the temperature stability but there is also reduced noise and smells. Also, having the balance of equipment in the basement decreases the chances of a leaks or spillage on your finished floors.
There's nothing wrong with a fish room on the same floor, but if that isn't available then a basement sump is a lifesaver. HTH
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