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Old 01-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #61
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You'll need to setup an overflow in the top tank, get some acrylic cut for the sump to make dividers and setup a return.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #62
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So the return pump pumps from the bottom tank and the top tank overflows into the overflow which gets pumped into the bottom?
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #63
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Gravity brings the water from the top to the bottom and a pump sends it back. You can either drill the back of the top tank and add an overflow cover to the tank or get an overflow box to carry the water down. Drilling may seem more difficult to do but it makes things easier in the long run. Some aquarium stores will drill the tank for a small fee. Overflow boxes are easy to setup but can be finicky. Either way will work just fine.
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Ok so I get the tank drilled. Then what do I need to buy?

I looked up about putting the baffles in the sump tank. So the pipe will come down and then a pump will pump water back up. And this will act add my filter?

The main reason I want to do this is to keep the main tank topped off and to filter so I don't have to use a hob filter. I will buy a skimmer in the future
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #65
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Glass holes you can buy complete overflow kits to drill tanks also you can buy return kits
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #66
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Is there a website where I can buy them from

glass holes found it

What size do you think I need
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #67
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:08 PM   #68
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yeah I found it thank you
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:52 PM   #69
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Ok more questions. Sorry :-(
Ok I drill my top tank and pipe it into my sump tank . The diagrams for sump I found have 3 sections divided by baffles. The first section has pipe from top tank then the third section had a pump to pump water back up. ok what do I put in the 3 sections of the sump tank. obviously nothing but the pump goes in last section. Someone told me to put live sand in middle section. I was also wanting to put a heater in it so it won't be in the top tank.
does the sump tank need a light?
If the power was to go out will it over flow?
Sorry for all the stupid questions this is the first time I've ever done a sump setup.
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You won't have an overflow if the power goes out as long as you either keep the return nozzle high or put a check valve on the return line. You can get a check valve at Lowes or from the place where you are buying the rest of the plumbing. The online shop should be able to put together a complete package if you call them. Bulk Reef Supply also sells these parts and makes packages.

You can either put sand or rock in the sumps center chamber. A small light in the sump for some cheato (plant like algae) is awesome to have in the sump. I'd use a 10 watt LED daylight floodlight from eBay to light it. They're about $14 shipped.
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