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Also, does this version come with the water dispersion plate that spreads the water evenly over the socks so the first one doesn't take all the abuse?
The drain inputs are actually interchangeable and both plate options are included. The filter sock chamber does have the socks in series and there is no dispersion plate above.
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The Sapphire series introduces several new features not found anywhere else. Some of the features of the Sapphire sumps are:
- Interchangeable plates (PAT PENDING)
- Lid to prevent splashing
- Adjustable water height
- Self-adjusting foam block platform (PAT PENDING)
- Dual platforms
- Protein skimmer section
- Refugium section
- Sapphire blue coloring to block light and prevent unwanted algae growth in other sections
Sapphire Water Flow
Water enters the Sapphire sumps into a dedicated section where the water will then flow over into Section 1.
Section 1 where the interchangeable plate is located allowing for either filter sock or foam block mechanical filtration. This area is covered with a lid to prevent water splashing. 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 second baffle through 2 perforated platforms and under the third 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, rubble rock, etc.).
Section 4 is the return water section back into the tank. This is where the return pump will sit.
Interchangeable Plates (PAT PENDING)
Each Sapphire sump comes with two plates that can be placed into Section 1:
- Filter Sock Plate
- Foam Block Plate
The filter sock plate is installed when the included 100 micron filter socks are desired.
The foam block plate is perforated with holes and comes with a foam sponge block filter. The foam block plate can be used when filter socks are not desired or in the case when the filter socks need to be changed or cleaned but replacements socks are not readily available but yet mechanical filtration is needed. In this case, simply remove the filter sock plate and install the perforated foam block plate and then place the included foam sponge block filter in place.
Adjustable Water Level
Water level in the sump is adjustable from 7” to 9.5” to accommodate for the water height requirements for different protein skimmers.
Self-Adjusting Foam Block (PAT PENDING)
As the water level is adjusted by sliding the wall up and down, the foam block sponge filter and the perforated plate that it sits on will also move up and down automatically. This is important to maintain the correct location of the foam block sponge filter with respect to the sump water height.
All Sapphire 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.
All Sapphire 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.
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Worth the money By James on 5/18/2017James would recommend this product to a friendI was a little unsure about spending so much on a sump but after this arrived I had no regrets. Best description I have is it is awsome. First, the build quality is great. There are no noticeable glue or bond lines and the top blue edge has been beveled to blend seamlessly with the clear sides. Second, there is more than what the description says. The sump comes with a bunch of rubber o rings to hold probes and lines in place in the pre drilled locations. I personally like this better because you don't have to worry about accidently crushing a line from over tightening a set screw. The input fittings also come with O rings which will help prevent salt creep. Additionally, the section between the fuge and return has an adjustable/removable egg crate support. Overall very happy with the purchase and Bulk Reef Supply. My only request would be to add a couple pictures that aren't from marketing material to get a better idea of the size and features.
Nice By Angel on 1/8/2017Angel would recommend this product to a friendGood
Sharp Functional Sump By Kurt on 12/19/2016Kurt would recommend this product to a friendI am happy with my Sapphire Sump 39 by Trigger Systems. Lots of space for equipment. Almost too sharp to keep in the basement. Easy to plumb even with my 2 inch bulkhead water pipes.