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Old 12-07-2011, 08:06 AM   #21
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I am perfectly fine with the flow of the mag 7. I have a 700 gph overflow, and using a headloss calculator I found, looks like I'll have just over 500gph with the mag 7. That leaves me plenty of wiggle room.

I really wasn't planning on a moonlight. I've got one on one of my planted tanks and it's ok, but not worth spending any money on one IMO
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:21 PM   #22
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I got my RO/DI unit in today... flushing it as we speak. Man, not much water coming out. Oh well, I'll only need 5-10g a week. Rock got delayed by fedex. I called to check on the status and spoke with the owner. He kept apologizing, though it was no fault of his. Definitely impressed with his business method. I'll be ordering more from him in the future, guarantee it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:26 PM   #23
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At least its just base rock, so shouldn't matter other than the fact that it delays things. Are you planning to seed the rock at all? Those RO/DI filters are kind of a hoot aren't they? Do you have yours set up to feed into some type of a storage device?
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:30 PM   #24
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I'm not sure whether I'm going to seed it or not. I really don't want to, since I don't want ANYTHING in the tank that I didn't purposely bring in.


I've not set up anything yet for storage. I might do that, but I'm not sure. I'm going to have the unit set up by the washing machine, with the waste going in to it so it's not actually wasted. I figured on just having two 5g buckets down there to fill up, then take upstairs (up 2 flights of stiars) and mix, as well as top off my ATO. I'm sure I'll streamline the process at some point, but for now, that makes the most sense to me. It also keeps my 2 year old away from it!
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You might want to consider something like this on a smaller scale (say 5 gallon containers). That way the water is ready on demand or in case of an emergency.



Obviously you wouldn't need anything that big.

Anybody near you have a reeftank? One of the things I do when I start mine is hand select the rock to seed with. Without seeding you will limit your beneficial critters like microstars, tiny feather dusters, etc. Unless you spend money buying a lot of these things individually. FWIW, if you're adding corals etc. from other places it is pretty much impossible to keep everything you don't want out of the tank, even if you quarantine everything.
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as far as storage, I like to keep enough water already made to do a 50% water change if necessary in case of emergency. You should plan on making an extra 10g or so just in case. If you dont use it just rotate the backup water with the water changes.

I also usually keep 4 5g jugs of ro/di water in my closet as a backup as well. All these darn tanks! LOL

I also like the idea of not bringing in any hitchhikers from live rock. I may do that with my next build just so I know exactly what is in the tank.
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I got my stuff from BRS in today. That's really fast, considering I ordered it after 3pm on Tuesday. Kind of excited. I stopped by HD and picked up some plumbing parts. I plan on getting the top half of the return plumbing finished up today, then maybe start working on my 20 long sump.

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And, here's the plan for the return... not sure how far I'll need to go down in the tank, but I'm going to leave enough room to drill a hole or two.

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I would assume that your overflows should come with some directions? Just a quick measurement off some I've helped out on shows the hole centered between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 inches below the plastic lip. I believe the overflows themselves may be able to be adjusted for height by either turning or by adding an additional piece of PVC, so its probably more a matter of preference as far as looks. Just don't drill to close to the top as that may cause the glass to crack.
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I should have been more clear... I meant anti-siphon holes in the return line. But, that's good info for the drilling of the glass. I figured I would set the return on the glass and see where I wanted my water line, and drill from there. How far from the top should I be at minimum to prevent any cracking? Looks like the overflow might not be here until Monday, which will suck, but what can I do...
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I am officially the worlds worst sump builder. I'll post a pic at some point so everyone can get a good laugh. I managed to use a whole tube if silicone for 3 baffles.... and a non-functional bubble trap. oh well, maybe it'll work.

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