- UP30 Sumpro Sump - Skimz
Sumps are a great addition to any fresh or saltwater tank. From adding additional water volume to area for heaters, reactors, probes, and any other life support equipment you may want to add. Many tanks are already drilled or can be drilled for a sump to be added.
Skimz Sumps are by far one of the best sumps for the money and packed with features all reefers will value.
- Dimensions: 30” L x 15” W x 15” H
- Skimmer Chamber: 14” x 14”
- Return Chamber: 8” x 14”
- Approximate Water Volume: 27 gallons
- Top Off Volume: 2.0 gallons
- Skimmer Chamber Water Level: Adjustable from 7” – 9” with Level-O-Matic
We suggest choosing the largest sump that you can fit in the space allowed.
The features of the Skimz Sumpro series have been designed with the advanced reefer in mind, many of which you will normally only find on expensive, high end sumps. All Skimz sumps include integrated probe holders, filter socks, tube holders and an adjustable skimmer chamber. With a super clear front acrylic window allowing you see your equipment without any distortion and all other sides are white to keep things bright and super sharp looking.
DuoFlo Sock Chamber
With the importance of crystal clear water every Skimz sump comes with a DuoFlo tiered filter sock system. The system incorporates two filter socks of different lengths in a series allowing for fewer changes of both filter socks, and the ability to install a progressive micron system of filter socks.
Allows quick and steady adjustments of the water height in the skimmer chamber by controlling an adjustable baffle. There are no thumb screws to mess around with like many of the competitors and your hands will stay dry when adjusting the baffle allowing your choice of skimmer to perform at its prime level.
Each Skimz Sumpro Sump comes with 4 integrated probe holders that will accompany any type of probe up to ½” diameter.
Dosing tubes can always be a source of clutter and headache to keep looking clean and not a tangled mess. Every Skimz Sumpro sump comes with 4 dosing tubes letting you dose anything you want from trace element solutions, calcium reactor effluent, nitrate reactors, or anything else that uses standard 3/16” tubing.
Select Skimz models even include and integrated top-off chamber to house freshwater, just add an ATO unit and your set. The compartment that is dedicated for fresh top off water even includes a perfectly fitting lid that includes notches allowing the ATO's power cord and tubing to sneak through without modification.
What’s In the Box:
1x Sumpro UP30
1x Sock Cover
1x Level-O-Matic Control Knob and Nut
1x Spillway Gate
1x Spillway Sponge
1x Chiller Hose Cover
1x Heater Cover plate
1x El-M300 Filter Sock
1x EL-S300 Filter Sock
4x Silicone Dosing Tube
4x Dosing Tube Hose Barbs and Nuts
2x Switchable PVC Pipe Cover
8x Switchable Cover Thumbscrews
4x Probe Holder Thumbscrews
Skimz Sump Comparison Chart
|Model||Approx water volume||Skimmer Chamber||Skimmer Chamber Water Height||Refugium Chamber||Return Chamber||Built in Top-off reservoir||Overall Dimensions|
|UP18||19 Gal||12" x 13"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||N/A||5" x 17"||N/A||18" L x 18" W x 15" H|
|UP22||16 Gal||11.5" x 11"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||N/A||5" x 11.5"||N/A||22" L x 12" W x 15" H|
|UP30||27 Gal||14" x 14"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||N/A||8" x 14"||2.0 Gal||30" L x 15" W x 15" H|
|UP34||30 Gal||13" x 14"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||5" x 14"||8" x 14"||2.4 Gal||34" L x 15" W x 15" H|
|UP36||32 Gal||13" x 14"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||6" x 14"||8" x 14"||2.7 Gal||36" L x 15" W x 15" H|
|UP39||35 Gal||14" x 14"||Adjustable 7" - 9"||8" x 14"||8" x 14"||3.0 Gal||39" L x 15" W x 15" H|
Loud and Noisy / Not Worth It By Thinner on 1/14/2019Thinner wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDisadvantages :
 The sump is extremely noisy due to its design. Because of the cascading filter chamber design, the water flow from the first filter sock chamber to the second filter sock chamber has always a loud trickling sound . In addition to that, there is an air space located in the second filter sock chamber that adds to the overall noise which is more of a swallowing sound ... It is more like water falling down to a hole/tunnel. Since I have gate values on all my plumbing, I tried to lower the flow/drain from my main tank to the sump however the sound only reduced when my drain was about 95% closed! Meaning almost no water was going down to the sump.
 Another issue is the noise of the water flowing from the skimmer chamber to the return pump chamber. Another trickling/falling sound! In order to minimize this sound, you need to more or less have the same water level in the skimmer chamber and the return pump level so the water will just flow to the return chamber smoothly without falling to the next chamber.
 Both the lids of the fresh water chamber and the filter sock chamber also warped within 1 week of usage. I am crossing my fingers that the no other parts of the sump will warp and cause a leak.
 The skimmer chamber height adjustment is convenient. No more plastic stands to match the height requirement of your skimmer. In addition, skimmer chamber will fit most skimmers that has a bigger that normal footprint.
 The probe holders and the dosing tube holders that are built is also nice to have.
I would not recommend this product to anyone. Although the SKIMZ Sump Pro 30 has some built in features that are equivalent to the higher priced sumps, the noise level is definitely a huge disadvantage and most of all annoying and not worth the hassle.
Skimz UP30 By Daniel on 10/12/2017Daniel would recommend this product to a friendI have a 60 gal mixed tank and my old sump that came with the tank was rather cheaply built and started to bow out. I wanted to get a new sump before a needed to build an arc in my living room when it leaked so I bought the Skimz UP30 from BRS with great happiness on all aspects from customer service to the product. My first sump was used as a bouncy ball by UPS I think and was cracked, but BRS had me a new sump right away. The sump is spacious and is super easy to adjust with the Level-o-Matic adjustment knob. One issue I had, but maybe my own fault for inexperience, the directions show the drain from the tank going straight down into the sump tube, but with that set-up I was getting massive burping sounds form the air that gets trapped being released. After realizing this and trying to adjust the flow on my DC return pump to try and correct it, the flow was too low when the noise actually started to get quiet enough to accept. I re-plumbed the drain to have a couple bends in it to cushion the water falling and give a little bit of back pressure for the water to 'stall' and not make the burping noise as before. Once plumbing was done, it is pretty quiet and was able to adjust the return pump to an appropriate flow for the tank.
Awesome construction, easy adjustments, and nice look.
Solid Sump By John on 9/5/2016John would recommend this product to a friendThe best built sump for the money. It's more solid than the Trigger sumps and more stunning. I like how there's no refugium as I don't need one. It allows more room for a large skimmer. There are only two critiques I would give. One, the filter socks are smaller than the industry standard. I wouldn't say the BRS filter socks don't fit, nor would I say they do. It takes some negotiation and will never be perfect, but no big deal. Secondly, there is an ATO compartment that is useless and takes up space. Two gallons would only last a few days. They could have used that space for a better bubble trap between the skimmer and return sections, which is just okay. Also, there are two small holes between the ATO compartment and the sock compartment that allow water to enter the ATO from condensation and splashing. When not using the ATO compartment, it's a pain to clean out. I ended up filling the holes, which solved the issue. Never the less, a solid buy and a better value than the Trigger sumps. I really like how water overflows adjacent to the socks before going into them.
What is the wall thickness on the Skimz sumps?
The acrylic on this sump is 3/8" thick.
Can this sump be drilled for a bulkhead to an external pump? Is there a special bit?
The UP30 is an acrylic sump and can easily be drilled for an external pump if need be. You will want to use a fine-tooth drill bit such as these https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/16-piece-hole-saw-drill-bit-set.html rather than an abrasive glass drill bit.
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