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Old 10-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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100 gallon reef build

Alright, I've been planning this tank for a few months now and in finally getting to the point where I can fund it and in ready to go.
I have a few questions and things that I'm not sure about so I will ask all that here as a go along. First major one is what overflow box and return pump to go with, I'm struck between the CPR over flow for 600 gph or the CPR overflow for 1200 gph. Is 1200 gph to much flow for a 100 gallon?
I have a huge sump that would normally before around a 200 gallon.
I have a 90 gpd ro/di unit.
I have the the tank, stand, and canopy.
And I'm ordering overflow and rocks this weekend.
Is there anything else I need to start up?
I'm going to get things as I go so skimmer and lighting will have to wait a while.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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After a bit of research I think I'm gonna go with the 1200 gph overflow and pump, what's a good pump that would put me at around 1200gph?
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:32 AM   #3
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Anyone?

Nothing at all .-.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:17 AM   #4
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I have a 130 gal, I went with a 30 gal sump/fuge combo. I use a 1600 GPH return pump and have two overflows going down to the fuge. So I would say that it's not too much for your size tank.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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I have a 130 gal, I went with a 30 gal sump/fuge combo. I use a 1600 GPH return pump and have two overflows going down to the fuge. So I would say that it's not too much for your size tank.
Alright, thanks.
Sounds perfect.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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For overflows if you need a pump that's quite and reliable go with a company named eheim it's a German company also if you have a 1200gph overflow you need a pump with less than 1000 gph unless you want your aquarium water to go to your sump 12 times an hour and be cleaned but if you have a budget go with a pump that can do between 500gph and 800 since really your water needs to be cleaned really at least 5 times an hour
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For overflows if you need a pump that's quite and reliable go with a company named eheim it's a German company also if you have a 1200gph overflow you need a pump with less than 1000 gph unless you want your aquarium water to go to your sump 12 times an hour and be cleaned but if you have a budget go with a pump that can do between 500gph and 800 since really your water needs to be cleaned really at least 5 times an hour
Partially true. I like a larger return pump, about equal gph of your overflow, and using a ball or gate valve to tune back the flow. This is an easy way to adjust for 90 degree turns and a long straight up return pipe.
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Partially true. I like a larger return pump, about equal gph of your overflow, and using a ball or gate valve to tune back the flow. This is an easy way to adjust for 90 degree turns and a long straight up return pipe.
Perfect setup for me as well. If you install a cheap ball valve you can adjust up or down to get the perfect flow going!
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Could some of you guys post your plumbing?

That's my next project after I order my overflow box.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #10
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Alright just ordered 50 pounds of base rock from reef rocks and 40 pounds of sand.
And ordered the CPR over flow box, rated 1200gph, along with aqualifter pump.
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