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Old 06-22-2007
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as of now, i have no tank that can have a sump. but i would like to learn some stuff about them.

whats better to use, a bought one or a DIY one?
whats the best way to make one?
how do you work them?
and anything else you would like to add.

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Steven,
A sump is just a holding container for water and can made out of anything.
Cheap 20g tanks, acrylic, rubbermaid containers, 5 gallon buckets, garbage cans and on.
It can be modified to perform as a filter (ie mud, plants, refugium).
Add a wet/dry filter to this in tandem and you have your self in good shape.
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alright, well thats what im wanting. the wet/dry.

how do i make the sump into a wet/dry?

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It all depends on your spacing constraints.

The simplest/cheapest way I have done a wet/dry filter is to buy a garbage can and a 5 gallon bucket with a lid.
Drill a bunch (lots) of holes in the lid and bottom of the 5 gallon bucket.
Fill the bucket with packing peanuts and attach the lid.
Most of these lids are recessed about a half inch or so on top, here you can put your prefilter for your overflow to drain into.
Put the 5 gallon bucket into the garbage can, but keep it elevated off the botton 6-12 inches.
This can be done with PVC pipes or whatever you like.
Stick a submersible return pump in the bottom of the garbage can and you are good to go.
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