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Old 08-02-2015, 05:54 PM   #1
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So my stand is built and the tank is cleaned up. I am starting the plumbing and have my first question. The tank is 31" deep and has two overflows. I am wondering how deep I should have the overflow pipe set. I have about a 5" drop in water height in my 90 I don't know if I should go more or less?


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Old 08-02-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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IMO the only real factor in depth ,besides too little is the noise the water will make.
Most of my dursos are around 3-4 inches below overflow line.
Looking good there! ; )
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Will this be a reef? Long way to the bottom if so. Might be a good time to consider sand bed options. I had this same tank at one point. A Craigslist deal that was too good to pass up. I ended up using a bed of limestone and covered it with sand. Very affordable and useful. Where in Pa are you? There is a vein of limestone in Pa that I believe is the largest in the country. You could get a couple hundred pounds of it for free most likely, or next to nothing. I ended up with a 6" bed, making reaching the bottom manageable and it didn't cost me that much to do.
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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It's going to be a fish only tank at least that's the plan for now. I'm going to keep my 90 for corals. I live like 50 miles outside of Philadelphia. Yea it was off Craigslist and I couldn't say no. It took me all weekend just to start the stand and plumbing. I still have to build my sump. I have a 40 that I'm going to use and have an old 30 too if I need it


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40 breeder? The dollar a gallon sale is on.......Pet Supplies, Pet Food, and Pet Products from petco.com
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:59 PM   #6
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Lol that's exactly where I got it 40 gallon for 40 dollars. I hope the 40 is big enough if not I will have to add another one


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Got the plumbing behind the tank and the overflow plumbing done. Now I'm going to start working on the sump and return pump. This is going to be a long build


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The 40 is big enough depending on what you are going to put in it. What skimmer are you using? What else do you intend to put in the sump?
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Not entirely sure what I'm going to use yet. I'm thinking I might go with two protein skimmers and just some live rock and sand to start. I think two skimmers will fit better than one huge one but I don't know if that effects how well they work. Also am not sure if I have to drill the tank to feed the return pump or if I can just plumb over the edge of the sump to the pump. This is the pump I have if it still runs good I want to use it. Click image for larger version

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You can fit a single skimmer in that 40 breeder that will handle that tank-probably easier than 2 smaller ones.
I would drill the tank for a gravity fed drain rather than a HOB overflow, but that's personal preference. Drilling a tank is easy. I've done it many times with no trouble.
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