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Old 11-15-2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Reef Ready Tanks vs Standard Tanks

I am in need of some advise on which one to choose from either a Reef Ready tank already pre-drilled and all plumbing already on it or a standard tank with the HOB...
I was told that the Overflow boxes inside the tank interfer with water ratio flow to the sump.
Is this true?
Also I have been reading that the HOB make a lot of noise is it the same nosie that you have with the filter systems that hang on the tank like the Pequin 350, AquaClear's, Whisper by Tetra... ????

The two Reef Ready tanks that I have been looking at one has two overflow boxes about 6" long and 3"wide then the other one just has one long overflow box about 24" long and 2 to 3" wide.
Please can someone advise on the Pros & Cons of a Reef Ready Tank??????

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I've never owned a RR tank, but after having a standard tank with a HOB I don't think I'd ever do that again. Id definately go RR if I had a choice.
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Always go with a reef ready if you can. Get Durso standpipes for the drains to keep them quiet.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #4
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Yeah, reef ready is the way to gos. If you go the other route you will have to put up with the noise and the chance that the overflow would lose prime and run dry. Then you will want to drill the tank and have to take the chance that it might crack. Are those tanks glass or acrylic?
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The tanks are glass.
Tank (A) is 156 gal Reef Ready predrilled with all equipment from pipes, refugim/sump, pumps, skimmer, glass tops, stand and a few small stuff for $2,700
Tank (B- used) is I think 120 same as above except it does not have tops it is an open aquarium no center bars like other tanks have to place the tops on for $1,500.
Not sure which of the two would be the better deal...????????

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Reef ready is the way to go.
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Agree, reef-ready is definitely the way to go.
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Forget the glass tops. You don't want to use them. CO2/Oxygen exchanges takes place at the water surface and a glass top can act like a greenhouse keeping the CO2 in.
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cmor1701d:
If you don't use the tops to cover the tank with then how do you prevent the Salt Creep getting on the shield for the light fixtures?

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Old 11-16-2010, 10:56 AM   #10
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Go reef ready. In my opinion there is no other way if you have a choice. I have a 90G that I had to drill in order to fit an overflow. If I had to do it again.....I would have sold the 90G and paid the money to get a new one that was reef-ready.
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