Where to get a custom sump made

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by chem-e, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. chem-e

    chem-e Guest

    Can someone refer me to a sump builder?

    I didn't buy the Elos sump because I intended to get one custom made. Well, two years later and I still never got around to ordering a sump. I've been using a 20gal high for the last 2 yrs and although it's worked fine so far, I think I should get off my lazy arse and order something that better fits my needs and utilizes all the space that I have in the stand.

    I've heard of Truvu making custom sumps but is there anyone else locally that can do this that you'd recommend?

    Thanks in advance
  2. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

  3. LordHelmet

    LordHelmet Supporting Member

    2nd for kritter, Gen will take care of you.
  4. chem-e

    chem-e Guest

    Thanks guys. I forgot about Gen. I've never worked with him, but recall the name. I'll have to swing by Aquatic Central to get a quote.
  5. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Just send an email with all the specs to Gen and he'll get back to you. Check out his Contact Us page for all the info needed for a price quote.
  6. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    My current sump is a Trigger Sys. They can do custom for you. Real nice stuff =)
  7. chem-e

    chem-e Guest

    I can't believe how long it's been since I last inquired about buying a custom sump. It took a while, but I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a custom sump thru Gen. I picked up the sump last week, so thanks for the recommendation.

    The sump turned out nice and I spent a decent chunk of my weekend taking down the old sump and installing the new one. I wish I had more time to spend on the tank, but aside from it being a mess in the cabinet, atleast I can say that I have the sump online. Just need to tidy up the equipment/wires and pick out my next skimmer.

    Here's a pic of the sump, It's nothing big or fancy, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Just a rimless tank that's 24" x 18", with a skimmer section that'll flows into a general use area (sand bed, fuge, misc frags), before entering the pump section (returning back to the display tank).

    Attached files /attachments/sites/default/files/IMG_5618.JPG
  8. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Sweet !
  9. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Go Gen or go home!
  10. chem-e

    chem-e Guest

    Yes, Gen was a really good guy to work with and I like that I supported a local company.
  11. jT415Gz

    jT415Gz Guest

    Nice sump :)
    Mind telling us how much it cost you?
    I'm looking to do something similar within budget and also wondering if they/he would build a small shallow sized tank with glass and or acrylic?!
  12. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Nice Sump. I had Gen make a custom 'fuge for me a few months ago so it fit perfectly in my stand. i'm real happy w/ it and feel good about it lasting a long time- he knows how to make them well-built, unlike when I tried to make one myself and ended up with numerous leaks that I had to fix by using a bunch of glue & caulking, then it bowed pretty bad.
  13. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    As far as I know, Gen is acrylic only. I'll add my vote to the others. A great builder and a easy to talk to guy.
  14. jT415Gz

    jT415Gz Guest

    Oh okay cool.
    Which would you guys would be better... getting a quote through Aquatic Central or e-mail Gen directly first?
    My primary mission is to see if Gen could build a simple naked shallow tank out of acrylic for me, then on to the sump after.

    Does he charge an arm and a leg though? :)
  15. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Go directly to Gen. Do you have a design already? Or dimensions?

    He will leave you the arm. You can still limp up to the tank! :)

    Really I don't think his prices are that bad. He just made a 120 for me. Price was more than, say stock TruVue, but MUCH better made and exactly what I wanted. I'd go back to him in a heartbeat.
  16. chem-e

    chem-e Guest

    jT415Gz - I think his prices are more than reasonable. I did a little research online prior to committing and seeing the prices of Trigger sumps (for example), I think Gen is right in line. Also, with Gen I have someone local that I can have custom build to my design. I would suggest giving him a call to run some ideas through him and get an idea of what your budget will get you.
  17. jT415Gz

    jT415Gz Guest

    Alrighty then - I will e-mail Gen once I get the chance to about my tank needs.

    Yep, pretty much know what I want which was a glass tank but I can deal with acrylic, since I'm naturally pretty careful about not scratching things here and there.

    Looking for a 30"x12"x12" (or 10"high) rimless (or large open top) shallow/peninsula reef display tank and thinking about drilling it out for proper overflow box and plumbing of course. We'll see, all of this is still brainstorming in my head everyday, it's driving me crazy. :)

    Didn't mean to hi-jack your thread chem-e, but your topic was one of the many questions I had in my head! Thanks for starting this thread.
  18. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Well, 'brainstorming in my head everyday, it's driving me crazy'.

    I don't think anyone else here can identify with that! :bigsmile:

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