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Old 08-16-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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75 gallon new setup questions.

Been into fresh water tanks for over 20 years. Taking the plunge into my first saltwater tank. I have a 75 gallon tank with about 100 lbs of live rock and 80 lbs of live sand. With 2 circulation korline 400 pumps moving water it's been running a few days now. My tank is not drilled. Wanted some advice on a filter system that will work for me. I'm starting out with fowlr for now, until I get the filtration system purchased and running then I'll buy a good light and introduce some reef items. I just want to start slow do to the cost... I was kinda rushed into tank, rock and sand it was a take now deal for $250. Live rock and sand was in an established tank for past 5+ years. Thanks
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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I'am going to assume the tank is cycled, I would start with a test kit for saltwater. What type of coral are you thinking of? For lights id go with LED's the cost of bulbs made me change over ($80 every 8-10 months) Taotronics $120 for 10 years of life hard to beat

Filter are you thinking a sump? You'l need a HOB overflow a return pump as well as plumbing. With the live rock you have now you can get buy with just water changes and a HOB filter, you wont even need a skimmer but it will help you out in the long run. At some point you'll want a RO/DI unit as very clean water is needed for most coral You should be using RO/DI for top offs as well as water changes
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No tank is not cycled yet, Only been filled for a few days I still have weeks I imagine till it cycles. I just wanted to start planning ahead with my filter system knowing its not going to be cheap.

so I will need a overflow and a sump what size brand etc any recommendations on something easy to clean and maintain. thanks
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Okay then you've got plenty of time For an overflow these are some of the best
Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflows - Bulk Reef Supply Just be sure to match the return pump to the overflow If it drains 1000gph you want a return pump of 1000gph or less

For a sump your gonna want to go with as large a one as will fit under your stand Cheapest way is to build your own (easy to do) A 20L would work, even better is a 40gl breeder tank lots of room in them Im using a 55gl for mine
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Okay then you've got plenty of time For an overflow these are some of the best
Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflows - Bulk Reef Supply Just be sure to match the return pump to the overflow If it drains 1000gph you want a return pump of 1000gph or less

For a sump your gonna want to go with as large a one as will fit under your stand Cheapest way is to build your own (easy to do) A 20L would work, even better is a 40gl breeder tank lots of room in them Im using a 55gl for mine
I have a 40 breeder and it will fit under my stand what model # Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflow you think I should get and what size return pump.
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I have a 40 breeder and it will fit under my stand what model # Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflow you think I should get and what size return pump.
Was looking at this tank diverter kit on ebay enough or not enough?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=190863393537
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I have a 40 breeder and it will fit under my stand what model # Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflow you think I should get and what size return pump.
I seen a kit to divide my breeder on ebay but it won't let me post the link to show you..
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I like a low flow through my sump more dwell time so the skimmer works better Id go with the CS 90 and a mag 9.5 return pump Bulk Reef Supply - Search Results for magdrive 9.5 There will be some head loss so the pump will be ok with that overflow.

Those divider kits are a nice easy way to build a sump you'll need to add one more pane of glass to make a third chamber if you want a fuge 1st Intake 2nd fuge then return
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I like a low flow through my sump more dwell time so the skimmer works better Id go with the CS 90 and a mag 9.5 return pump Bulk Reef Supply - Search Results for magdrive 9.5 There will be some head loss so the pump will be ok with that overflow.

Those divider kits are a nice easy way to build a sump you'll need to add one more pane of glass to make a third chamber if you want a fuge 1st Intake 2nd fuge then return
ok sounds good, I have 3 feet distance between top of show tank and top of sump tank, so maybe this kit is better picture is attached...so the first chamber I would split the intake and use 2 socks. what goes in the second chamber? and the 3rd will be where the mag return goes ....? thanks mike
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ok sounds good, I have 3 feet distance between top of show tank and top of sump tank, so maybe this kit is better picture is attached...so the first chamber I would split the intake and use 2 socks. what goes in the second chamber? and the 3rd will be where the mag return goes ....? thanks mike
also I have 2 koralia circulation pumps 850 gph each 1 mounted on side pointing at front glass and the other mounted on other side pointing at rear glass is this right???? are these pumps big enough for my 75 gallon. here is a pic of my tank setup. one pic of tank and other of tank and future sump. By the way does my live rock look positioned correctly Thanks Mike
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