Originally Posted by esears1
Great post! I read the entire thing and I am so sorry that you had to go through all those tank changes! But you have given me great inspiration to get my salt water tank up and running!
I have past experience in running freshwater tanks but very little on saltwater, and I just obtained a 110 gallon tank that I want to make it a saltwater tank. I have a question for you. When you were setting up the original 150 gallon tank, you drilled holes in the back glass for the plumbing for a sump, but when you had to redo the other 120's, it doesn't look like you drilled any holes for it, why is that? Do you still have a closed loop system?
The reason i'm asking because I want to setup a sump system for my 110 and im basically going to follow your footsteps in setting the tank up. (yes your my mentor) and I don't really want to drill holes in the back of my tank and if your getting the same results without doing it, that is great!
Edward, you inspire me just from having read all that, no seriously thanks for taking the time. Learn from my mistakes!
I drilled the 150 to avoid needing lots of powerheads for flow. At the time my reef was happy and safe in the 72g tank so there was no rush. When the 150 cracked I didnt have time to drill and set up all that plumbing again. I wish now that I had drilled for a closed loop.
My tank is not reef ready and that doesnt bother me too much, not having the closed loop does.
If you are not scared of doing it I suggest drilling for a closed loop. You will be glad you did. Just make sure you put shut-off valves on all three holes. You never know when you may need to work on the plumbing or replace the pump.