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Old 11-19-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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75g reef build

So i recently aquired a drilled oceanic 75g tank and i am looking to start a large reef build,This tank will need a little tlc, i need to strip and re stain the trip, scrape the paint off the side of the tank that sumone painted for sum odd reason...And paint the rear of the tank.
I currently have a 29g biocube that i will transfer over then turn into a frag tank as time allows.
First off i am in need of a corner overflow for the tank, what is my best option for finding and or buying one? all i can find is custom made..
i also have a sea life wet dry filter that i have pulled the bio balls out off and am soaking in water/vinagar along with the 75.
whould i be able to turn the wet dry filter in to a sump or is it not worth my time/effort?
considering going with a eshopps 100 skimmer in the sump as well.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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Just build a corner overflow from two pieces of acrylic ! Here's mine !

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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Thanks! did you use standered 3/8" acrylic? was also wondering what to do about the size of the "teeth" of the top of the overflow, is is relvant to how many gph your affter?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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Yeh just standard ! I used blue because I was painting back glass blue ! As for the comb/fins on top I just used a size my fish etc could not get through and I give it a clean once a month with a toothbrush to keep optimum flow ! I have a 3000ltr per hour return pump in my sump but most of my turnover comes from powerheads in my display !

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A good idea is to drill holes at the bottom of the overflow box so you pull from top which is like surface skimming and also pull from the bottom ! Only problem with this method is if your seal around your bulkhead gives your whole tank will drain !!! If it's only pulling water from the top then just your overflow box would drain = less mess on your floor lol mine only pulls from the top
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A good idea is to drill holes at the bottom of the overflow box so you pull from top which is like surface skimming and also pull from the bottom ! Only problem with this method is if your seal around your bulkhead gives your whole tank will drain !!! If it's only pulling water from the top then just your overflow box would drain = less mess on your floor lol mine only pulls from the top
I wouldn't do that for the reason you just described, a mess on the floor.
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Lol ! It's surprising how many tanks I see with the corner overflow that pulls top and bottom ! I just could not relax if mine was like that !
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Lol ! It's surprising how many tanks I see with the corner overflow that pulls top and bottom ! I just could not relax if mine was like that !
If there is a stand pipe in the overflow, it won't matter, but most overflows don't have them, so you would see the tank empty during a power out...a very bad thing.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:22 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses, sounds like ill make a templet out of cardboard and go and have two pieces cut.
This tank is already drilled on the bottom, that makes me nervous as is...
the bulk heads have been pluged and tank has been filled to check for any leaks around the bulkheads, and it will be plumed and re checked before it comes inside!

Now i need to pick what needs to be bought first!
I already have a heater, 6 bulb t5 fixture and about 70-80lbs of live rock and 40 lbs of sand that has been running in a second 75g for over 6 months, plus the all the rock/sand/live stock in the 29g
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