- Sapphire Sump 26 - 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.
- Dimensions: 26″ long x 13″ wide x 15″ high
- Skimmer Section: 8.25″ x 10″
- Center/Refugium Section: 7.75″ x 12.5″
- Return Pump Section: 5″ x 12.5″
- Total Water Volume: 20.4 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 Trigger 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.
Not the quality I expected. By Ryan on 3/26/2020Ryan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI read reviews after review and came to the conclusion that a Trigger Systems sump was the route I wanted to take. The ordering process went flawlessly as did delivery. The box was in excellent condition. Opening the box my first reaction was “wow!” It wasn’t until I pulled the sump out of the box sitting it in the table that I noticed the “blemishes” if you will. The workmanship in this particular sump I received leaves a lot to be desired. From crappy looking seams to what looks like epoxy that had gotten on the clear acrylic and half a**** polished out with scratches still there. Maybe I got a dud, but I’ll be looking to return this. I won’t say I won’t try another Trigger Systems sump but I’m definitely looking elsewhere first.
Who knew? By gene on 2/13/2020gene would recommend this product to a friendThis is my first sump with a refugium! My current skimmer was too big, so I switched locations with refugium. This worked and my water quality and clarity is great. Highly recommend this pump with refugium light and starter pack from Algae Barn. Cant wait to see progress on my 90 gal.
Great sump By chris on 7/13/2019chris would recommend this product to a friendI have ran this sump for over a year without a problem quality is top notch.
Working as expected By Scoops on 12/12/2018Scoops would recommend this product to a friendI expect great things from this Trigger system sump and the 26 didn't disappoint. Well built, simple and just plane works. I would like to point out there is a minor-ish drawback, it mostly has to do with my placement and setup. If there not much room to move around in the cabinet/area you have the sump, once the skimmer is added the sock is difficult to reach. Though I totally understand why its in the back of the sump. Which brings me to to my next little two cents. If your skimmer releases some bubbles, turn the output away from the next stage in the sump. The bubbles don't have far to go before they're going up the return pump.
great looking sump By Rafael on 7/10/2018Rafael would recommend this product to a friendim new to the hobby and i haven't used it yet but its very well built. overall i think its a great looking sump. the only small issue i see as others stated is getting the sock in and out from behind the skimmer.
Very well built, perfect craftsmanship By Scott on 7/7/2018Scott would recommend this product to a friendThe acrylic is heavy, well made. The seams are all perfect. The adjustable skimmer water level is a nice feature. No need to raise the skimmer to get the correct level. Buy with confidence.
Perfect size, excellent flow, and well built By Bradford on 3/13/2018Bradford would recommend this product to a friendThis sump is solid, very well built. It fits perfectly in my stand and looks good enough to leave the doors open.
Looks great By Felix on 10/9/2017Felix would recommend this product to a friendIt looks great. You could run this outside your stand and it would look great.
Great item more than enough room for what i need By Gmann1112 on 8/29/2017Gmann1112 would recommend this product to a friendThis is my first non diy sump and i love it.
There is more than enough room for my equioment at this point.
Only issue is the sock opening is a little tight and requires some wiggle to get the sock out.
nice sump By Gabe on 8/16/2017Gabe would recommend this product to a friendOnly a couple of nits to pick and both probably have more to do with the fact that this is a small sump than anything else.
First, I wish the skimmer section was just a hair larger relative to the refugium section--can barely fit my skimmer and a pump to a reactor in there.
The second should be easy to remedy if they want to improve the product. The filter sock rim is just larger than the opening at the top. So daily changes require squeezing and tilting and sliding--all while working around the skimmer that is crammed in there, too. Just cutting a tiny round shape out of the blue rim at the top of the chamber, would allow the sock to come out easily. I don't have the heart to mar the appearance of the sump now, though.
Nits aside, the sump is really built nicely. Probe and line holders come with O-rings to hold things in place
Great sump By Saltwater novice on 8/9/2017Saltwater novice would recommend this product to a friendLove the color, very quiet, easy to work in.
Awesome product By Dooley on 1/26/2017Dooley would recommend this product to a friendGreat product looks great under the stand and excellent quality haven't filled the system with water I'm sure it will work great though
What size is the intake tube in section 1?
The fitting on this sump to connect to your overflow will be 1". Have a great day!
How many gallons is the refugeium section?
Thanks for reaching out to us. The refugium sections would be 2.93-3.98 gallons and would be dependent on the water level height as you can adjust between 7-9.5". Happy Reefing!