- Sapphire Cube Sump 20 - Trigger Systems
Why does BRS recommend this?
Trigger systems has 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.
Sapphire 20 Cube
- Dimensions: 20″ long x 20″ wide x 15″ high
- Skimmer Section: 11.625″ x 9″
- Refugium Section: 19.5″ x 6″
- Return Pump Section: 10.25″ x 7.625″
- Total Water Volume: 24.3 gallons
- Skimmer Water Level: 7″ to 9.5″ adjustable
- Drain Input Fittings: 1
- Filter Socks: 1
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.
Quality built but unfortunately designed By John on 7/15/2019John would recommend this product to a friendI guess this product is an unfortunate outcome of the niche its trying to fill. Cube tanks footprint require unique sump sizes. This tank fits underneath the 60/93 cube tanks however regardless of how you orient the sump it makes one compartment out of reach and difficult to maintain.
I will never have a cube tank again due to the unfortunate maintenance required.
The product is quality made, and is durable and well designed.
Finally! By Radhames on 1/22/2018Radhames would recommend this product to a friendI upgraded from a small aqueon to a REAL BEAUTY TRIGGER CUBE... I’m so happy with the quality/feel/look of this sump. Kudos to Trigger system and the team and service at BRS!
exceeded expectations By Dustin on 9/21/2017Dustin would recommend this product to a friendPerfect sump, it fit everything I needed to get inside with room to spare. Great quality on it too, looks very clean and very sharp. Its a shame I have to put it in my cabinet and hide it. It was worth the price to be able to get all my equipment inside without a fight.
Wow By john on 8/18/2017john would recommend this product to a friendThey need more pictures of this sump! It is way better in person than what you see on line by far the best sump I have ever had.
What a beautiful sump By Bryan on 6/4/2017Bryan would recommend this product to a friendI can't wait to get this thing running! You guys at BRS need to get better pictures of these sumps online. I opened the box and was wowed. Such a well designed and beautiful sump. The online pictures truly don't do it justice!
Great for Cube tank By Billy on 3/28/2017Billy would recommend this product to a friendI have this on my 60 cube and it works awesome, allows for a skimmer with big footprint which is nice and big return area for a large pump to run a manifold. The acrylic scratches super easy though so cleaning the part with the refugium be careful!
What size PVC fits into the input for the sump?
What is the length of the 4" filter sock on the Sapphire Cube Sump 20? TIA
The sapphire 20 will accept 4" x 8" filter socks.
Have a great day!