Add a Sump to Your Reef Tank Using an Overflow Box


(water splashes) – Hello folks, Robert
from Marine Depot here and thanks for tuning in. Being new to the aquarium
hobby is an exciting time, learning all about
proper aquarium husbandry and exposing yourself
to a variety of animals that you probably didn’t
even know existed. With all this excitement and
anticipation, it’s really easy to purchase a prefabricated
all-in-one style aquarium or throw together a simple tank with just a canister filter and a heater. While albeit fast and easy, these types of tanks can pose some
really frustrating problems in terms of aquarium
filtration and maintenance. Now this brings me to the
topic of our video today in which we’re gonna talk
all about overflow boxes and sumps, so get ready to
throw away that canister filter and break out the toolbox
’cause we’re gonna show you guys just how easy and beneficial it can be to install an overflow box and sump on your aquarium at home. A sump is simply another
aquarium or container that can house your equipment
and provide extra filtration for your tank, and it’s typically located below your display tank inside your stand. An overflow box is
basically a box with a drain and is the best way to draw water from your aquarium and into a sump. Overflow boxes are available from a number of manufacturers and
you’ll see a wide range of different styles and shapes. A hang on overflow box is
the easiest way to get water out of your tank and into a sump. These types of overflow
boxes simply hang on the side or the back of your
aquarium and siphon water over the edge and down into your sump. The CPR CS overflows are
our absolute favorite because they take up very little space inside the aquarium and
have a built in feature to restart the overflow box in
the event of a siphon break. The most common reason for a siphon break, when using an overflow
box, is a power outage but these CS overflow
boxes have a clever remedy. The small air nipple on top
of the box can be attached to the venturi of a powerhead
or to the inlet of an Aqua Lifter Pump which
will continually siphon air and water out of the overflow box to ensure continuous operation and will also restart
the siphon in the event of a power outage. Some aquariums, usually
called reef ready aquariums, are pre-drilled by the manufacturer and already have an internal
overflow box installed. Water simply flows into the overflow box and drains down into the sump. A return pump then returns water from the sump back into the aquarium. For all of you DIY guys out there, we offer the CPR overflow box retrofits which are basically
prefabricated acrylic boxes that allow you to permanently
install an internal overflow on your tank without the
risk of losing a siphon. The CPR retrofit boxes will require you to drill a hole in your aquarium. The box is then mounted
inside the aquarium which allows water to
flow from the surface into the box then down into your sump. This type of overflow box
does require a little bit more work but results in
a very clean installation and flawless operation. So once you’ve figured out your
overflow box and your drain, it’s time to start thinking about a sump. When it comes to sumps, you
have a few different options. You can build one yourself,
you can have one custom made, or you can purchase a prefabricated sump. Now if you decide to build one yourself, it will definitely save you
some money and it will allow you to customize the sump to your liking, however, it’s gonna require
quite a bit of extra work. Here at Marine Depot we carry a few different prefabricated sumps. The Trigger Systems
sumps are one of the best and their top of the line
Emerald series sumps come with all the bells and whistles built in and look pretty darn cool if you ask me. Trigger Systems put a lot of thought to the design of these sumps. One of the coolest features
is the filter sock holder which has an interchangeable
plate that allows you to run both a coarse filter
sponge and filter socks together or individually, whichever you prefer. When using filter socks, the
handy water dispersion plate evenly distributes water
into all of the filter socks to avoid premature clogging and helps to drastically reduce the drain noise, making for quiet operation. On top of this, the Emerald
sumps also feature an adjustable water height to accommodate
different skimmer requirements. They have a self-adjusting
foam block platform to help eliminate air
bubbles, a dedicated section for filtering media and
refugium, probe holders, and pre-drilled holes
for your dosing tubes. Instead of having all of
your equipment hanging on your tank or sitting
inside your display, an overflow box and sump allows you to have everything neatly
hidden inside your sump. Centralizing all the equipment
also makes maintenance and water changes much easier. The added water volume and
filtration capacity will also improve your water parameters
and make a more stable environment for your aquarium animals. So now you know why so many
hobbyists are using sump systems so if you’re still stuck in
maintenancing canister filters or constantly cleaning up
leaky hang on equipment, give us a call today to
get everything you need to add a sump to your system at home. If you found this video helpful,
please like and share it to help out other hobbyists
and until next time, take care and happy reef keeping. (water splashes)

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