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Old 11-23-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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40B Tank Build

Hi all. I am looking to get my 40b going again and my wife really wants sw. I did it before but very half arsed. I would like to do an overflow with a sump this time. I was going to go with a mp10 for in tank flow along with the return. Last time I had a hob skimmer......how do I size a overflow and return pump for this? I was going to do a reef but basic corals. Any suggestions on equipment is welcome. I was going to make a purchase on stuff today from BRS for the big black Friday deals 😂
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:33 PM   #2
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So this is the stuff I have in my cart. I figured I will try to dyi the sump with a aquarium I have in basement (20 long). I have two return pumps in the cart and don't know which one is better. Did I over do the overflow too?
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:26 PM   #4
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So for $125 I picked up another 40 Breeder drilled with an overflow and return along with a 20 gallon long dyi sump with the plumbing and a nice little pump. Guy had it up and running for two years but had to downsize when he moved. I'm really glad I stopped into my lfs to get some info on sizing.
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Drilled 40B plus sump is a good deal!
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:17 PM   #6
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I got everything mocked up. It's not where I want it but the furnace air return is in the way where I originally was going to place this aquarium. Everything fit up good! Just have to 90 the overflow piping and glue in one more baffle that I noticed was mia on the overflow side.
Now, there is a check valve on the return side so will this help my sump from overflowing in the case of a power outage? Technically water should not be able to siphon back to the sump, right?
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To prevent water from siphoning from the tank to the sump via the return line, consider drilling a small hole just above the water line (hint: angled downward towards the waters surface). This will break a siphon from occurring when the pump is off. The water shooting out of the hole should be nominal when the pump is on.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:54 AM   #8
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So, where is everyone getting their dry rock from?I was going to purchase 35 lbs of just dry rock and get 5lbs of live rock from my lfs.

Also I have a quick stock list;
(1)Royal Gramma
(2)Snowflake clowns
(1)goby/shrimp pair
(2)Banggai cardinals

Please feel free to give advice on the stock list along with a suggested cuc for this stock. Keep in mind I'm going reef.

Thanks guys/gals!
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Banggai are strange fish. Wild caught do poorly and do best in odd numbered pairs if I remember correctly. A fish I always liked but never attempted.
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Perhaps I'd do 3 of the cardinals. Just read odd groups?
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