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Old 05-08-2013, 09:12 PM   #401
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I'm picking up the 100 gallon tonight!!! I'm so giddy and excited!!!
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Congrats! Now leave some space between the wall and the tank this time. Lol. Sorry, had to give you some crap. Can't wait to see it up and running.
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Congrats! Now leave some space between the wall and the tank this time. Lol. Sorry, had to give you some crap. Can't wait to see it up and running.
Thanks! Lol. I have 3 older brothers. Giving me crap is usually welcome. I feel like it instantly swallowed my 55 gallon. Haha.

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Nice score, does that mean your selling the 55? Also something to keep in mind when your cleaning it out is to look for a sticker saying if its tempered glass. I don't know if 100g are or not but if its not then drill it now while its empty even if your not doing a sump. You can easily put a bulkhead fitting in the hole with a valve to close it so its water tight.
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Nice score, does that mean your selling the 55? Also something to keep in mind when your cleaning it out is to look for a sticker saying if its tempered glass. I don't know if 100g are or not but if its not then drill it now while its empty even if your not doing a sump. You can easily put a bulkhead fitting in the hole with a valve to close it so its water tight.
Thanks. I'm so excited! I paid $160 for it! That's how much it was going to cost to build a stand, anyway. I'm just going to have to make sure I'm not moving soon before I set it up.

Sorry, yes. I'm selling the 55.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:39 AM   #406
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What soy you plan on doing for lights now?
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #407
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What soy you plan on doing for lights now?
I'm going to build a canopy and hang my existing T5 fixtures (6 bulbs, which will be adding 2 bulbs) in there and see about adding some lights to either end. Any suggestions?
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Can someone please explain to me, in detail, how a sump works? What are baffles and what are the purposes of the different sections?

I can't seem to google the right info to help me understand. Lol
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:06 AM   #409
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Ok, basic sump with refugium - a la Ingy

Start with 3 sections. First section is where the water lines from the display tank feed. There is room for the skimmer and baffles are designed to provide sufficient room. Skimmer may need to be raised off the bottom a bit to get the right water level.
Baffles. Normally an over then under baffle pair. First baffle is glued to sides and bottom. Second baffle is about 1" further along and has a gap of 1-2" from bottom for water to pass under. This baffle pair promote bubbles to go up between baffles. First baffle determines water hieght in first section. Not terribly important.
Next section routinely houses some extra rocks for BB filtration and macro algae to consume nitrates and phosphates. Chaeto is most common. You need a simple light for chaeto. 17w CFL clip on desk light from home depot works great.
Another baffle pair same as before then the third section. This is the return section where your return pump resides (unless you want to plumb an external return pump from this section). This section needn't be too big, but all your tank evaporation comes out of this section so don't make it too small. If you use an ATO, your level gauge goes here.

Most dumps seem to be about 6-8" deep depending on sump size determined by baffle height. You should plan on having enough room for water in the sump so that when the return pump is shut off and the tank back syphons into the sump it doesn't overflow.

Baffles shod be the same material as the sump because acrylic glue doesn't stick to glass and silicon won't stick to acrylic long term.

A la Ingy version. I only have 2 sections. There is no baffles between the area where my drain lines are and skimmer, and where my rocks and chaeto are. Only a baffle pair to my return section.



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Old 05-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #410
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I just bought a sump setup. Its 10 gallons. Kinda small but serves its purpose

It has 2 baffles basically the tank is divided into 3 equal sections the side the overflow runs down to the baffle is almost at the top of the rim. Then the middle is for my cheato and some lr. The the next baffle is a little lower. Then the last section houses my return pump

This setup is not how I would have built it but it works.

One tip is your last chamber as someone else said you want to figure out the right level to where when you shut the return off and any other acc. it does not get too high and flood when you figure the right level while everything is running make you a mark with a marker so you know that is your max fill line

As for a ato I can help you with building your own. Pretty simple. I use a 12volt switching relay and 2 float switches side by side wired in line so if one sticks the other will shut it off. You can buy kits online like mine where all you have to do is assemble it. I'm going to stop using mine soon because I am buying a reefkeeper lite controller which will control my ato pump
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