An Aquarium Sump is a separate piece of filtration equipment much like another aquarium that is plumbed into the filtration display tank. They are frequently used in saltwater aquariums and reef tanks because the additional filtration equipment needed is meant to be placed in the sump or is plumbed through the sump in some way. The sump is normally placed inside the tank cabinet/stand and other times they are plumped to a separate fish room for better accessibility.
Water enters the sump into a dedicated section where the water will then flow over into Section 1.
Section 1 is the configurable interchangeable plate area allowing for filter sock and/or foam block mechanical filtration. This area is covered with a lid to prevent water splashing and reduce noise. Water then flows out the bottom of Section 1 into Section 2.
Section 2 is typically where the protein skimmer is located. Water then flows through the ‘Trigger Symbol’ cutout into Section 3.
Section 3 is the refugium section. The water then flows over the adjustable water level baffle through 2 perforated platforms and under the last baffle into Section 3. The top perforated platform comes with a foam block filter and the bottom one is open to use for several different filtration methods (bag of carbon, bio balls, bio media, rubble rock, etc.).
Section 4 is the return section where the return pump will sit, pumping water back to the display tank.
Tideline Sumps Feature
Three 1” drains to accommodate for silent siphon overflow systems (TIDE48 comes with two 1.5″ and one 1″)
Lid to prevent splashing
7” diameter filter socks
Adjustable water height
Self adjusting foam block platform
Protein skimmer section
Solid white and black coloring to block light and prevent unwanted algae growth in other sections
7” Diameter Filter Socks All TideLine sumps come with 7” diameter 200 micron filter socks. The 7” socks have a large surface area which allows them to last longer before they become clogged and need to be cleaned or changed. (TIDE20, TIDE30 – qty 1 TIDE36, TIDE48 – qty 2)
Three Drain Inputs Three drain fittings are supplied for the TideLine sumps to accommodate for the silent siphon overflow systems which eliminate or reduce noise and bubbles formed from water entering into the sump. The three fittings have a female slip fitting where a PVC pipe will slide into it.
Lid over Sock Section A lid is supplied to cover the filter sock section to prevent water from splashing out of the sump and also to reduce noise. Once the lid is removed, the filter socks can be easily accessed for maintenance
Hose Holder All TideLine sumps also come with 4 holes in the top support brace for holding in place 1/4” OD tubing from reactors, dosing pumps, ATO, etc.
Dual Platforms Dual platforms are located in the space before the return section. The top platform comes with a foam block filter and the bottom one is open to use for several different filtration methods (bag of carbon, bio balls, rubble rock, etc.).
Probe Holder All TideLine sumps come with a probe holder that can hold up to three probes. The two outside holes are 0.63” in diameter and the center hole is 0.8” in diameter to fit different sized probes.