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Old 08-16-2015, 03:30 PM   #51
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Yes I have I have it running now. I just realized if I plug the hole in the top of the 1 inch cap that I thought I was supposed to put it starts to work. Why do I need a small hole in this cap. That's what I read to do for the overflow maybe I was wrong?


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Old 08-16-2015, 03:38 PM   #52
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Hmmmm. The hole is usually to allow the water to drain smoothly without chugging, and to keep noise down... I thought at least.

Dunno why it would work better with plugging it to be honest. Mr. X could probably give you a good reason though...
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:06 PM   #53
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Well despite all my rookie issues the tank is starting to look good (at least IMO). I threaded two ball valves into the holes I drilled in the top of my overflows and with a lot of tweaking I got them working better although I still feel I have to much flow with the main pump. Going to test my water and add some food and hopefully start cycling this thing


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You can put a ball or gate valve on your return line to limit the flow. You're MUCH better off doing that than any sort of valve on your drain lines...
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I did have a ball valve and with closing it just a bit I was able to get it running good. The water has cleared up so I'm going to start cycling the tank. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-18-2015, 09:31 PM   #56
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Quick question I am working on making a canopy for my tank and plan on using led's to light the tank. Should I cover the tank? I want something over it so fish and possibly eels won't get out but would just some sort of screen work?


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You could make a fully covered canopy if you like, or a clear mesh top (check out bulk reef supply dot com for a nice DIY mesh top) or run no top at all.
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Screens work well for fish and allow outgassing to help maintain stable/proper pH.
DIY Screen Tops - Bulk Reef Supply
^Kind of pricey for what it is^
Not best plan for a eel IMO.
I have glass versa top on my 120 for my moray.
The outgassing takes place in my sump thankfully.
Many also use egg crate lighting diffuser available at many hardware/home store.
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"Eggcrate" light diffuser has pretty large holes. It works fine as long as you don't have fish that can fit through those holes, plus, it does block some light.
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So the tank is cycling great now I am trying to make up a stock list and decide what fish to introduce first. I want an emperor angel and some kind of eel. Other than that I don't really know. Any suggestions?


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