I finally picked up my sump, and would love a little clarification/opinion on how this thing should be laid out.
First, I'm going to plop the skimmer into the same chamber as the filter sock, then go through a bubble trap to the return pump in the center. On the opposite side of the return pump, I'd like to add a chaeto fuge with weirs to overflow into the return pump chamber. The masking tape on the sump represents how I could theoretically install the baffles to seperate the chambers. This is completely in the air, nothing is decided upon, so I'm open to ideas. The only set item is the furthest right piece of masking tape. This is where I'm cutting the sump and attaching a new side piece, so the sump will be shorter. It has to fit in the stand, after all.
1: Would it be better to have the body of the skimmer up against the end of the sump, and the pumps and outflow near the bubble trap? The filter sock is going to go where ever the pumps are, for space reasons. Or would this set up create a dead area of water at the end of the sump, around the body of the skimmer? If the pumps/outflow are upstream of the body (as shown), will the body create a bit of a water block, with only 2" of space on each side of the body for water to get around?
2: How deep can/should the first chamber be filled? The deeper I can set it, the quieter the skimmer's outflow. But this also means less backup capacity for the sump.
3: Is there any reason the return chamber should be any larger than the return pump?
4: Is any one spot better for heaters than another?
5: Is there any reason I couldn't just add the carbon in filter bags within the skimmer chamber?
6: How much room should I give the skimmer? In the photos, the pump that's closest to the end of the sump is 3" away. Is there any reason I can't run that pump right up against the end wall, other than potential for vibration noise?