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Setting up a new 150 gallon (6 ft long) with mbuna. I am interested in your thoughts about using a sump.

What is the benefit to having a sump?

Where would I find information on how to set one up?

What is the risk or having one leak water all over the place?
 

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More water volume, can be easier to do water changes...

Lots of info in the Library and forums here if you do some searches, thats where I learned about them.

If the sump is in a drilled tank flood risk should be zero, but with some internal/external overflow setups you are running the risk of having a siphon that can break in the event of power failure.

That should get you started.
 

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I talk about the pros and cons of wet/dry sumps and how to avoid disaster in this thread. It is pretty much all contained within page 3.

The pros vastly outweigh the cons in my opinion. If you set them up correctly they shouldn't fail.

I say go for it. :thumb:
 

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I have a sump on my pre-drilled 55 gallon mbuna tank and I love it, one sure way of preventing any sort of flooding is to make sure you install backflow valves, also known as check valves. With my water changes, I just shut off the pump, and drain from the main tank, the valve never fails and it makes water changes a snap.
 
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