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Old 09-07-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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Ok aquarium advice I need advice. I made my decision to go with a 125 gallon reef ready aquarium and to build a 55 gallon sump/ refuge. I am looking for your advice on skimmer choice(in sump) and halide lighting choice(fixture) and any other recommendations
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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I have a 125g reef and I went with T5's, a 12 bulb fixture and everything is going well. Octopus makes the best skimmers for the sump so check them out first. I run an eshopps skimmer and am quite happy with it.

Is there any specific questions you have? There is sooo much information out there lol
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I am trying to decide on whether to run a phosban reactor and a uv light. Also what powerheads to go with inside the tank. I keep all coral types
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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Here is my new sump design
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I plan on building a stand 6" wider than a standard 125 to accommodate all plumbing. Any ideas how to incorporate an easy water change pipe
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I plan on building a stand 6" wider than a standard 125 to accommodate all plumbing. Any ideas how to incorporate an easy water change pipe
Could you place a T with a valve on the intake pipe in your tank and then a T with a ball valve on the underside with a ball valve below that? The T with the valve I would see if you could reduce to a gardenhose thread so you can just hook up the hose for a water change and then send it where you want. You might do something similar on the return side to send the new water back into the tank. The drain side would look something like this:



You wouldn't need the T on the inside of the tank on the return side if you used that to fill. Of course, all this depends on how your overflow is set up.
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That's a great idea and I plan on going to a 10% weekly water change so hopefully I will have enough volume to be able to leave everything running while I do a pwc
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i would skip the UV. it's not going to do anything but cost you money to purchase.
the sump design is good. as far as water changes are concerned, i would just get a piece of hose and connect it to a pump or start a siphon with your mouth, into whatever bucket or near by sink or whatever.
putting a T on the drain will only drain water until the DT level is lowered to the bottom of the overflow teeth. not enough water for a water change.

a 55 is cutting it close as a sump due to it's 12" front to back dimension. a skimmer for that system should be something in the 200 gallon range and they will have to be shoe-horned in that sump...
i would probably use this-
Reef Octopus Extreme 200 Protein Skimmer by CoralVue* - AquaCave
or this
Reef Octopus Extreme SX 200 Protein Skimmer by CoralVue - AquaCave
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putting a T on the drain will only drain water until the DT level is lowered to the bottom of the overflow teeth. not enough water for a water change.
That's why I suggested another T with a ball valve on the intake on the inside of the tank. The water would drain through that ball valve from the DT. You could put the T at any level you chose and would be bale to drain to that level. The challenge would be setting it up so you could get to it without rearranging the tank. It would also need to have a strainer to keep from sucking any critters out.
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how would that water drain? it would have to go over the back rim. you would need to start a siphon. you would have to put your hand inside the tank, turn the valve, then shut off the pump so that a siphon is created. you are going to want a drill hole just under the water line on the return so it breaks siphon in the event of an outage, so there is another obstacle.
IMO, much more work than conventional methods.
if anything, i would attach another tank to the sump with a valve. you could close that valve, drain and fill that tank, then open it back up.
no matter what, you are going to want to blow off the rocks and do other cleaning inside the DT.
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