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Old 12-21-2007, 12:15 AM   #1
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New 75 gal questions!

I think im gonna get a 75 gal, I was thinking about spending the extra money on one with the overflow built-in instead of a cpr overflow I would hang on the back. Would this be a better set-up? Any ideas would help, Thanks and happy holidays to everyone!
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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i think it would be a better investment.. my first tank was a 125 gallon and i had to make an overflow and sump... now i have a 65 and it is much easier to maintain mainly because i think the verflow is built in... the only thing that bothers me is the space it takes up... but other than that, its great
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:19 AM   #3
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A built-in internal overflow is the way to go. You will not be disappointed.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:35 AM   #4
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Your options are an internal or external overflow along with a custom build for the overflow of choice or doing it yourself. ReefCentral.com has alot of information in design aspects.
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Thanks guys, I guess i'll try and get the built-in overflow. I was thinking about the space it takes up, but I guess that isn't a big deal. Thanks for everyones input!
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The external still takes up space in your tank as well. I would much rather deal with the internal overflow and the space it takes up. I wish my tank was drilled for an internal overflow. Take it from someone with out that option, go with the internal!
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:25 PM   #7
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Well, technically there are upper corner internal overflows, full vertical column overflows (internal), and internal/external horizontal overflows. External overflows take up more space outside of the back tank wall due to the overflow boxes, but no internal space is required. External is a cleaner look allowing for less obstructions, but costlier imo.
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Old 12-23-2007, 03:18 PM   #8
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I would never have an external.
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:09 PM   #9
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OK - I'll be the odd man out. I have had 2 reef tanks, neither of which was drilled for an overflow. I use an overflow box and have never had a single problem with it. It takes less rooom in a small-medium tank and may save you money on the tank. Both of my tanks were bought 2nd hand and both were set up for fresh water before I bought them.

I'm sure an internal overflow is nice but it is something that I've never missed. If you end up with an overflow box you'll be just fine.
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If you have the choice, why would you not want it drilled though? An overflow box can and will put water on the floor when the siphon fails. I have seen this happen and it happed to me. I am not going to say that an internal won't overflow but it has never for me.

Design a calfo style overflow if you don't like the All Glass megaflows or the like. We have a guy locally that drills tanks and does glass work. Many many options.
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