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Old 03-13-2012, 02:39 PM   #51
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I'm very interested in this video. I've read about dumps but I cannot visualize how it works and I need to see it in action. I'm planning a 55gal reef tank (have made zero purchases towards it so far!) and then yesterday my husband said I should get a sump and now I'm thinking maybe I should. I was planning on a protein skimmer, refugium and a penguin bio wheel filter... But if you make a video that helps me understand sumps I'll go that route since it seems like that's what people think works best.

Joseramentol- I'll be following along here. I'm finding this thread really interesting and I hope everything is coming along! Www.liveaquaria.com (I think that's the right address) has alot of information on all kinds of fish, inverts and corals and stuff. I've found it very useful in deciding what fish I want and what their needs are.
I'll post it to my 55g build thread, probably in a week or so...
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what size pump will i need for the 55 gallon?
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what size pump will i need for the 55 gallon?
Depends, I'm using a danner mag 7 as a return pump from the sump.
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i heard a 580gph?
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Depends, I'm using a danner mag 7 as a return pump from the sump.
i heard a 580gph
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i heard a 580gph
That's enough if you have other means of flow, such as power heads in the DT. The mag 7 is 700gph but you have to account for the power loss referred to head pressure, my pump has to pump up 4ft head before it gets to the DT, so actually my mag 7 will run about 500ish GPH.
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I do recommend the Danner/ Pondmaster pumps, I have four and have never had any issues, plus you can run them internally or externally.
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That's enough if you have other means of flow, such as power heads in the DT. The mag 7 is 700gph but you have to account for the power loss referred to head pressure, my pump has to pump up 4ft head before it gets to the DT, so actually my mag 7 will run about 500ish GPH.
oh you see that is some good info i didnt know ill prob have to get about a 700 also since my fish tank is going to be in a pretty high stand how tall did you make yours?

also for the overflow were exactly does it have to sit the pipe that gets the water in, does it have to be right on the water top or can it be lower
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oh you see that is some good info i didnt know ill prob have to get about a 700 also since my fish tank is going to be in a pretty high stand how tall did you make yours?

also for the overflow were exactly does it have to sit the pipe that gets the water in, does it have to be right on the water top or can it be lower
My DIY stands about 3'.

For an overflow, you have 3 main options...

1) you buy a hang on the back (HOB) overflow ($40+) then attach PVC or flexi pipe to drain into the sump. Pros are its fairly cheap, easy add-on. Cons are if the power stops you can risk breaking the siphon and flooding.

2) DIY PVC HOB, same as above except it's really cheap, ($15ish) pros and cons the same as above. I have this on my 72G, works great.

3) you drill the tank through the back or the bottom, MUST make sure it's not tempered glass (tempered glass breaks when drilling, bottoms usually are, backs are occasionally) you can do this at most glass shops (around $10-$15 per hole). Then you put a bulkhead (get them on eBay for around $5-10). Then you get an overflow box (3-sided without back) and silicone it in around the hole. Most expensive option, but it is the best. This is what I'm doing on my 55 build thread.

You might want to wait for me to upload that video when my tanks setup so you have a good idea of how it works.
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My DIY stands about 3'.

For an overflow, you have 3 main options...

1) you buy a hang on the back (HOB) overflow ($40+) then attach PVC or flexi pipe to drain into the sump. Pros are its fairly cheap, easy add-on. Cons are if the power stops you can risk breaking the siphon and flooding.

2) DIY PVC HOB, same as above except it's really cheap, ($15ish) pros and cons the same as above. I have this on my 72G, works great.

3) you drill the tank through the back or the bottom, MUST make sure it's not tempered glass (tempered glass breaks when drilling, bottoms usually are, backs are occasionally) you can do this at most glass shops (around $10-$15 per hole). Then you put a bulkhead (get them on eBay for around $5-10). Then you get an overflow box (3-sided without back) and silicone it in around the hole. Most expensive option, but it is the best. This is what I'm doing on my 55 build thread.

You might want to wait for me to upload that video when my tanks setup so you have a good idea of how it works.
well i was planning on a diy pvc overflow just cause my glass is tempered and i cant drill it
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