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Old 01-25-2004, 05:26 PM   #1
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Using Amiracle for a Sump


Hi there, I'm in the process of getting my 90 up and running and wondered if folks had any experience (or pictures) converting an Amiracle (minus the bio balls) into a sump?

Any info would be really appreciated.
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Old 01-25-2004, 10:56 PM   #2
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what do you want in the sump? a sump is just a body of water to put the uglies in. normal practice is to put the skimmer on the same end as the drain from the tank to keep it as far away from the return pump as possible. as far as converting it is pretty much just remove the bio-balls. what size amiricle do you have?

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Old 01-27-2004, 01:27 AM   #3
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Usual things like the skimmer, heater, etc.

I have the SL-250B which measures 24x12x16.

As for mods, I was interested in seeing if people had come up with any cool changes to either use it as a mini-fuge or something more exotic.
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Old 01-27-2004, 08:31 AM   #4
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you can take a peek here and see if there are any ideas there. i saw there were 16 links for sumps so hopefully one of those will help you out.

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Old 01-31-2004, 01:16 PM   #5
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Thaks for the link. I think I'm ready to start the dry fit on my plumbing.
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Old 01-31-2004, 01:40 PM   #6
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where are the pics then?

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Old 02-02-2004, 10:38 AM   #7
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OK, ok, I'll put up some pics. I'll start with the nice empty tank and try and work through the progress.
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Old 02-13-2004, 12:27 AM   #8
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I turned my Amiracle SL150 into a sump. Replaced the bio-balls with a few pieces of live rock. Have the inlet hose just laying at the bottom wedged under the live rock. I also have a AquaC Remora skimmer hanging on the same side as the live rock and the inlet.

On the outlet side, I have my return pump and heater. I did leave the foam insert in between the two sides.

I was hoping to somehow convert it to a sump/refugium but started getting mixed feelings after looking at some of the threads on fuges.

Before I removed the bio-balls, my nitrates were off the charts. Since then I have gotten them down to less than 10ppm. So far things are going well so I will probably ditch the refugium idea.

If I had it to do over, I would have saved a lot of money and just setup the sump using a rubbermaid container. I had the Amiracle trickle filter from a few years back when my setup was fish only without any live rock.

I am enjoying the hobby so much more since I went the reef tank route with live rock/live sand.
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