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Old 10-05-2011, 01:18 AM   #11
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So I've decided I am going to go with an overflow system with a 5.5g sump. Thinking of doing 3 compartments, one for a protein skimmer down the road but to start with mechanical filtration, second with macro, sand, and rock rubble, and third with just a return pump. The return pump would be a JBJ SP-1300/250gph, and I'm not sure yet what kind of piping to use..how would I connect PVC to the pump's water outlet? Seems a bit tricky with the shape.

On another note, finally got my MH/Fan on the same timer, notice that without the fan the fixture was running wayyyyy too hot, I'd rather have my heater do all the work than risk my water getting too warm.

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that's way to small to be useful. there isn't any protein skimmer that would fit in that 5.5 gallon after partitioning to accommodate a refugium and return area.
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that's way to small to be useful. there isn't any protein skimmer that would fit in that 5.5 gallon after partitioning to accommodate a refugium and return area.
Going hob protein skimmer and fuge only in sump.
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you are talking about a tank that's 12 x 8 x 10, right? what kind of filtration can you expect from that, even if it's separated into only 2 parts? you can't even fit a heater in it, unless it's sticking half way out of the water.
what is your return area going to be? after head loss you are going to be returning about 100gph. what siphon overflow box is going to stay working with that little flow going through it?
it's a waste of time. if you really want a refugium, use a modded HOB filter as a refugium and call it a day. this entire system is small enough to maintain easily without a skimmer, and besides, there aren't any "good" HOB protein skimmers for a 30 gallon tank.
you'll be using one much larger than you need.
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Advice taken..I've gone a different route and decided to "do it right" if you will.

I got a brand new 29g Aqueon tank, old one had some scratches and I wasn't digging the oak look. Also went ahead and got a stand at PetSmart, one that fits..wait for it...a 10g sump!

And of course reversed my plans to using a 10g sump and having a 5.5g quarantine/frag tank. I transferred over all my rock/sand from my old 29g into the new tank today, and since the water transfer happened in 5g buckets..some water murkiness occurred.

I will be using the old stand to hold my 5.5g quarantine and all my aquarium equipment, kind of a "work bench".

I also got some more Lexan acrylic and plenty of sched.40 PVC and all the elbows I need plus a ball valve. Tomorrow I plan on getting a clamp on light bulb fixture and using my GE Silicone 1 to create the baffles in the 10g. Luckily the 5.5g was good practice for the baffles, definitely a learning experience, but I saw exactly how the bubble trap and whatnot works. Quite nifty.

For a return pump I will be using a Rio 1700 with 3/4" PVC for the return line, and the sump will be using 1" pvc.

Here's a pic of how things sit tonight..so tired of running around and getting all this stuff. Hopefully I start the baffle-creation tomorrow so it can dry and maybe get the sump up and running by Wednesday.

Quite the journey it's been..
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