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Old 06-09-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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40b ground up build

So after some persuasive conversation on my part, management (read wife) has agreed to let me have another tank. I have a 40 breeder just sitting around along with all the equipment that I need to run the new tank. Still need to build the stand and drill the tank though.

I'm thinking about a shallow reef with lots of zoos and shrooms, maybe an lps or 2 and possibly some clams later down the road.

The only thing I'm currently unsure about is which overflow to do:
- drill the bottom and do my own corner overflow, or
- drill the back and put in a coast to coast overflow.

Would love to hear some input from my fellow reefers on the overflow.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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So after some research I decided to go with a corner overflow.

Got the tank drilled for the overflow and the return lines. Painted the back and sides of the tank monday after work. Also got the overflow in and all of the in tank plumbing.


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Old 06-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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My next big dilemma is this:

I am putting this new tank next to my existing 120 and would love to plumb it into the same system. I have a 20 long under the 120 now but I also have another acrylic sump that is 48(L) x 20(W) x 18(H) that I would like to connect to the 20 long.
I'm looking for some input on the best way to connect the 2 so I can maximize the usable space under the tanks.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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Just in case anyone is reading this.

Got the frame of the stand roughed in today after work.

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Not skinned yet and I haven't drilled the holes
for the plumbing. I have decided to hook both tanks into the same sump system so there will be some interesting plumbing in my future.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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Looks good...

So are you attempting to connect both these tanks so it is one entity?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #6
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Yeah, I was gonna leave them separate but the more I though about it the more I liked the idea of 1 really big system.
I am going to plumb it so I can isolate each tank if needed. Really can't wait to start that part of the project.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:32 PM   #7
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Yeah, I was gonna leave them separate but the more I though about it the more I liked the idea of 1 really big system.
I am going to plumb it so I can isolate each tank if needed. Really can't wait to start that part of the project.
Interesting stuff, I look forward to your progress...
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:37 AM   #8
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Just curious, why did you paint the sides of the tank?
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #9
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Because is beside my 120, I didn't want any of the light to spill over and possibly cause issues. That and I really just wanted to see how it would look.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:58 PM   #10
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So I pose a question to my fellow reefers. I have 2 pumps that I could use for the return pump on the 40 and I'm not sure which one would be better.

I have a mag 7 and a mag 9.5 and I'm thinking with the head loss the 9.5 would give me more flow but would it be too much?
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