- Emerald Sump 34 - Trigger Systems
Why does BRS recommend this?
Trigger systems have been making sumps for quite some time now and they have won us over with their attention to detail, practical designs and overall aesthetic appeal. With the ability to modify the sump to your needs with adjustable water levels, interchangeable plates , tube holders, probe holders, and enough room to put equipment where ever you need it.
The Emerald series introduces several new features not found anywhere else. Some of the features of the Emerald 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
- Emerald green coloring to block light and prevent unwanted algae growth in other sections
EMERALD Water Flow
Water enters the EMERALD 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 Emerald 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 Emerald 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 Emerald 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.
Great Quality By LaBarron on 8/10/2018LaBarron would recommend this product to a friendThis sump looks very nice and is well built. However, the only reason I gave it a 4 is that the sock compartment is located in the back behind the protein skimmer section and yes I know, it has to be somewhere but maybe off to the side. 2nd: The socks are 100 micron and are very stiff. Even after washing them with bleach they were very hard to come clean. 3rd: The baffle wall to the return section seems to only work well in it's lowest setting which is 7" when adding media. When I raise it up to increase the water level, the water flow in the return section decreased dramatically. It actually worked out ok because I didn't have to add anything to lift up my skimmer like most people I've seen on line. All and All...Great Sump! Great Quality!
It’s pretty By Salty on 1/26/2018Salty would recommend this product to a friendIt is a pretty sump. I bought a new protein skimmer with a smaller footprint for it. I don’t like the filter sock compartment as the holes for the 4” filter socks are so tight you have to pry them out from behind the skimmer to change them. The top of the section is so small I have to fold the sock to get it out. I actually liked my home made 30 Gallon long sump much better. Save your money and get a much cheaper sump.
Perfect Sump By POWERRANGR on 5/10/2017POWERRANGR would recommend this product to a friendI bought this for a 90g and couldn't be happier. With all the space it has I can add anything for years to come. As for the Sock location - I rotated the sump 180 and now they are at the cabinet door opening - who said it had to be like the picture... ;)
Think its okay -- better sumps out there By Tuan on 3/1/2017Tuan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI'll give this a 3.. its alrite... not terrible but not 5 stars either.. I was really excited for the sump but when I received it, I thought I paid $400 bucks a few sheets of colored acrylics. The design of the sump could be much improved. Some issues I have with this specific model:
1.) The socks are in the rear left... And that means I have to remove the skimmer to to get to the socks
2.) The probe holders dont have a tightening mechanism. Instead, they have O-rings to keep them in place.. kind of cheap
3.) The dosing line holes again have o-rings. I think these should have been set up with john guest connects
Overall, the sumps works and the colors look nice. But for $400, I think there are better sumps out there.
Texas boys can build em! By RobertP on 2/26/2017RobertP would recommend this product to a friendVery well packaged and was very happy with the quality. no bubbles in any seams. Been running about a month and while sock replacement can be a pain I would buy this one again. No bubbles leave the sump. I wish the flow between sump and fuge was adjustable up and down. But that's not a knock. I find myself starring at the fuge at night to watch a bugs life.
Solidly built sump By jeffrey on 1/23/2017jeffrey would recommend this product to a friendFirst it was very well packaged. For anyone wondering the overflow entries are 1 inch inside diameter. This sumps will definitely not bow in the future especially with the top design. I look forward to many years use.
Solid but could use some improvements By Tony on 12/31/2016Tony would recommend this product to a friendMy first reaction upon unboxing this is that I paid a lot of money and didn't seem like it was worth it. I installed it and its worked great. The only complaint is the filter suck is a little difficult to get in and out. The standard 4" socks dont fit quite as easy in sump.
Is it worth the money? Yes, but only if you can get it on black friday sale :)...
AMAZING SUMP By Timothy on 9/10/2016Timothy would recommend this product to a friendBought this sump to replace es-hopps 100 on my 90g. This sump is beyond what I expected. Well built and thought out. Should have just gotten this when I set it up! From now on I will only buy Trigger Sumps.
sweet sump By cheesehead on 6/26/2016cheesehead would recommend this product to a friendthis is the nicest sump I have ever seen. it's so pretty that I want to leave the door off for everyone to see.
great sump By carlreefer on 5/23/2016carlreefer would recommend this product to a friendbuilt extremely well. i would recommend this to everyone. It was packaged very well there was a lot of foam supporting the sump from every side. It looks so good its a shame to hide it under my tank.
Great Sump By Charles on 4/9/2016Charles would recommend this product to a friendThis is a very well made sump, a lot of room for the skimmer as well as the Refugium. Very pleased with my purchase.
Please correct recommendation By Ed on 1/5/2016Ed would recommend this product to a friendI must have hit the wrong button. I would without hesitation recommend this to a friend.
Will an Eheim 1260 pump fit in the return section without hitting the walls of the sump?
The Eheim 1260 pump has a footprint of 6.25” x 8.5” and the Trigger 34 Sump’s return section is only 6” wide, so unfortunately it will not fit. We would suggest looking into the Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0, which is very comparable and should fit very nicely.
If you have any other questions just let us know. Thanks!
Does the dimensions of the Skimmer Section include the drain section of the sump or is it strictly the dimensions of the opening for the skimmer? Wondering if my skimmer with a footprint of 8' X 12' would fit in it.
The Skimmer area will be exactly how much room you have to place a skimmer. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I have a 90 gallon primarily a coral tank and was thinking of purchasing the emerald 34. I currently have a wet dry with bio balls and wanted to know what was the best way to change sumps? Is it ok to just pull out the old and install the new with a refugium? I also wanted to know what all I would need to purchase to start up the refugium? The tank has about 75 or so pounds of live rock and has been up and running for about 2 years. Please let me know what u think thanks
For changing sumps you can simply take out the old and install the new. Large frequent water changes will need to occur until the bio-load is able to catch up. For a refugium on the sump you will only need a simple 6500K light and the algae.
What size is the two drain input fittings?
This will come with 2x 1" drain sections. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
What size pvc is needed for drain
These drain lines are 1" PVC. Have a great evening!
Does the VECTRA M1 DC (2000 GPH) - ECOTECH MARINE pump fit in this sump?
I have the Emerald 34 and I am very happy with it. I have decided to re-plumb my tank and need to replace the piping going in to the sump. I have looked but have been unsuccessful in finding the parts I need. Can you help?
If you are looking to replace any parts that come with the sump then we would recommend getting in contact with trigger systems ( firstname.lastname@example.org). But if you need help plumbing that we should be able to help if you give us a call at 763-432-9691 or email us at email@example.com. Have a great day!
Should we have extra filter socks on hand? Or, just clean the two that this sump comes with? If we need to have extras, what are the part numbers that you sell to order?
It is a great idea to have spare filter socks on hand so you can wash some while you change them, we usually have 4-6 filter socks and will wash them once a week. I have included a link to our felt filter sock which you would want in the 4" size. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Will this fit in the R & J Aquarium Xtreme 48" x 18" cabinet?
Unfortunately we do not know the size or design of the R&J stand however as long as the stand has 15" x 34" the sump will work great! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I bought this sump, planning on installing this weekend the sump has 2 inlets for the drain my tank has only 1 drain. would it be okay to only use 1 drain and cap the other?
It will be a good idea to put a quick cover or cap on the second drain option. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I wanted to know with a 90 gallon tank and this sump what watt/length heater Eheim Jager would fit in this sump and what section?
Is this good for 200 gallon
What is the largest tank size you can use this on i am running 215 gallon tank is it big enough
The size of the sump does not depend on the tank size rather the size of the components you will place in the sump. As long as the sump can fit your desired skimmer it will work well! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!