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I'm bored because I am between addresses and don't have a tank to soak up my time.... So I'm about to use my old 20L and build a new sump to use once I get settled in. I have always messed with nanos and never used/needed a skimmer. How tall should I leave the main section of the sump in order to accommodate most skimmers that would service a tank the size I would like (prob a 40 breeder but maybe and acrylic up to 60 gallons if I can get a good deal on a used one).

Assuming moderate stock/bioload.
 

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Accommodate about an 8 inch deep chamber in the sump for the skimmer, that tends to be towards the average insump skimmer running depth. As for the amount of space, have a minimum of 24 inches in the sump for clearance height, in fact a bit more will make it more flexible. Plan for at least a 10"x12" foot print as well... sometimes a 11x15 is a good footprint as well. Does this help?
 

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I would wait until you decide how big of a tank you are going to build. the display will dictate the size of the sump.
 
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