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Sump recommendations


I am setting up my first autolinking image water aquarium

My sump is going to have four compartments (36"x18"x24" , L x D x H)
First stage I will fill with live rock
Second stage not entirely sure yet
Third stage after bubble traps, protein skimmer - Bubble Magus Curve 5
Fourth stage Return Pump.

So I have a few questions regarding this.

1/ What filtration media do you guys recommend I put in the second stage?
2/ Should I put anything else in the same compartment as my protein skimmer? Except maybe my heater, Or should that be stage four?
3/ The measurements of my Protein skimmer are as follows - 18.5cmx18cmx47cm. It says it requires 9.5"-11" of water but I am not sure how I would go about setting up the baffles to provide this much water in the compartment. Would it be pssible if one of you guys could take the time to draw me up a diagram (or if tehre is one already posted somewhere) with measurements in order to accommodate my protein skimmer and filtration media? I understand there is meant to be 1 inch gap between baffles and they should be 1 inch from the bottom but not sure on the height of the baffles for water levels especially if I need certain levels for my skimmer.

Thanks so much in advance, I hope one of you is able to help

Sorry for the long winded thread, I feel like I should be paying someone to do this much work for me.

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Re: Sump recommendations

The second picture is an example of the sump I would like.

But as for the measurement of the baffle heights, it is beyond me at the moment, I would prefer to get this right than have do a diy job on it haha
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Re: Sump recommendations

I vote for a larger more open sump, without all the baffles. And consider making a simple algae scrubber for nutrient removal.

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