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Old 10-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #11
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I would go 1" return and 2" overflow personally.. less chance of clogging and possibility of more return flow
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #12
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Anybody got some simple plans for a 10 gallon fuge? All I plan on having in it is a return pump, heater, penguin power filter and my HOB aqua c remora Skimmer. So the skimmer wont be in the sump it will be hanging off the sump and so will my power filter.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:04 PM   #13
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OK well where can I get an overflow box to hide the stand pipe. Ill I can find is hang over ones. Is it called something else?
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #14
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OK well where can I get an overflow box to hide the stand pipe. Ill I can find is hang over ones. Is it called something else?
I think you can buy them premade but a lot of people just build their own out of acrylic.. just 4 pieces of acrylic
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:48 PM   #15
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How do you attach it to the tank. Silicone? Know of where some plans are?
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #16
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Why don't you go with an overflow box in aquarium? Especially if you already have fish in it.
I have similar setup, 30g tank and 10 refugium.
First I had DIY PVC overflow 3/4in pipe. It worked great, never lost syphon, but it was not enough flow. Maybe with 1in pipe or 1.5in would be better. Anyway, I found used 600gallon overflow for $30 and now everything works great.
My fuge has 3 compartments. First, where water comes in, has uv sterilizer, heater. Second, the biggest, has chaeto and deep sand bed some rock ruble and few mangrove trees. Third, return pump and float valve for top off.
I will take some pictures and post it here later.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:49 AM   #17
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Here is a plan of my refugium. Initially I planed to have hob protein skimmer there. Unfortunately water returning from the skimmer splashed too much causing too much noise. Skimmer is in main tank now. I guess you can solve this by having first baffle going higher, 2in from top of the tank. That would raise water level in the first compartment. You could add sock filter to first compartment as well. Aquarium Filtration Supplies: Eshopps Micron Bag Holder and Bags
I still need to figure out how to install some kind of filter between center and return sections, so debris doesn't go thru a return pump.
Upgrades and alterations are like never ending story.
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What would be a good size for the return pump? It'll only be pumped straight up 3 1/2 feet Max.
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What would be a good size for the return pump? It'll only be pumped straight up 3 1/2 feet Max.
It depends what is your's overflow capability, how many gph max can be drained from a tank. My overflow is rated 600gph. I recently upgraded pump to Hydor Seltz L40, rated 750gph. Of course with 4 ft overhead it pumps much less. Flow is still very strong, but overflow has no problems draining the water.
Good idea is to have pump with adjustable flow, or ball valve on return line so flow can be adjusted if needed.
Well, I am not an expert, it my first tank with fuge, let's see what others say.
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So I just got my sump sealed up. Tell me what u think. Also I need ideas on drilling my established display tank. Its a 35 gallon so the best way I'm thinking it to take all livestock and rock out only leaving the sand and a couple inches of water in it. Then packing t outside so I can hold a hose on it while I drill. Anybody know of a different way?
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