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Old 07-29-2003, 02:55 PM   #11
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ok here is the run down:
180 gallon tank
4 36" NO hoods- 2 whites, 2 blue actinics
berlin xl classic turbo some such skimmer( came with a pump according to the book 550gph)
6 Power heads in tank
2 heaters-dont remember wattage
but as hot as it is with just water in it dont think i will need them
Access to a 55 glass for a sump, but would a large plastic tub be easier to use?

Needs( i think):
RO/DI machine
Overflow(DIY?)
Return pump
LR
More salt mix i have 200 gal bucket of instant ocean
better lighting? for fish and LR

Anyfurther suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-29-2003, 07:21 PM   #12
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55gal vs tub?
either really. 55gal is probably longer than any tub you can get. I'd stick with the 55gal tank. up to you



I'd rank the needs as this:

Overflow
Return Pump
Salt
Test Kits?

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If you have $
then more LR
lighting
RO unit



Other than that you're set.
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AquaC EV-120 Skimmer
Arctica 1/4hp Chiller
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Old 07-29-2003, 07:38 PM   #13
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where would i get my water then to start up without a ro/di unit? i am going to try and do a diy sump and overflow using acrylic. i have test kits.
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Old 07-30-2003, 01:31 AM   #14
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LFS sells water usually or grocery stores sometimes do also. But I would test your tap water, if it is not bad use that. If you've got the cash then go ahead. I figured since you were talking DIY, you were looking to save a few bucks.
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Old 07-30-2003, 01:43 AM   #15
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what all tests would i run on my tap?
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Old 07-30-2003, 12:49 PM   #16
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ph, nitrate, phosphate, and possibly silica is what i'd test for. Also, can you use one of the powerheads that you have already as a return pump? My LFS sells RO for $.25/gal. Ebay has a very wide selection of RO units as well.

FWIW, I used 1/4" thick 5/8" inside diameter clear rubber tubing for my return line with a tee connection at the end for extra directional current. It doesn't really matter what you use, but the connector is good ole hard plastic that drills easily and cleanly, to put your syphon-break hole.

And, don't forget to do some emergency situation tests such as unplugging the powerhead to see how high your sump fills up when there is no power. Good luck.
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Old 07-30-2003, 12:54 PM   #17
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oh ok thanks, would the powerhead actually put enough water back in the tank quick enough? or is that just something i would have to test?
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Old 07-30-2003, 12:55 PM   #18
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ohfor ro/di i was looking at the 4 stage barracuda at the ad here.
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