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Old 11-27-2011, 12:27 PM   #551
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I think you've done a good job explaining why the 9.5 would be the better choice. I'm all for flow, and I always say too much is better than not enough... My vote is to go ahead with the 9.5.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #552
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Thanks, I think i will go with the 9.5 and keep the 7 for a backup.

Got another question, of course,LOL.

Should I use eggcrate on the bottom of my sand? I havent' used it before but was thinking I could do this tank right. Any pros or cons to using it? I wasn't going to go with a deep sandbed or anything but thought it might give me a better, more stable base for my rock.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:19 PM   #553
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was kinda productive today. Got the tank repainted, this time I did it freehand with no tape hopefully it doesnt peel off again. lol Also got some PVC piping, a ball valve and a check valve. Which leads me to yet another question, do I need the check valve on a drilled tank? I know I'll need the ball valve since I'll be running the mag 9.5 so it will have to be throttled back a bit but not sure if there is a system in place using the overflow kit so that water doesnt siphon back to the tank.

Thank you!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #554
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was kinda productive today. Got the tank repainted, this time I did it freehand with no tape hopefully it doesnt peel off again. lol Also got some PVC piping, a ball valve and a check valve. Which leads me to yet another question, do I need the check valve on a drilled tank? I know I'll need the ball valve since I'll be running the mag 9.5 so it will have to be throttled back a bit but not sure if there is a system in place using the overflow kit so that water doesnt siphon back to the tank.

Thank you!!
Awesome! I love productive days! I hope all goes well with the paint!
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Id use the 9.5
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:14 PM   #556
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Thanks! I need all the reassurance I can get! LOL

The paint has dried and it looks great, better than the last time. No peeling and I got pretty much complete coverage. woohoo!

I tried to clean the dust off the inside of the tank and guess what? My little T-rex arms can't reach the bottom of the tank!! I was on the top rung of a stepladder too! This is gonna make putting rock and sand in very very difficult. So glad I'm not going reef with this one, I'd never get my corals placed correctly. LOL

Also ran the halides for awhile and I think they do in fact get too hot for the lids so I gotta sell em. Such a shame too....Oh well....

I'm hoping after I get sand in the tank I can reach in far enough to place my rock, I'm like 4 inches short of touching the bottom. :-(
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Thanks! I need all the reassurance I can get! LOL

The paint has dried and it looks great, better than the last time. No peeling and I got pretty much complete coverage. woohoo!

I tried to clean the dust off the inside of the tank and guess what? My little T-rex arms can't reach the bottom of the tank!! I was on the top rung of a stepladder too! This is gonna make putting rock and sand in very very difficult. So glad I'm not going reef with this one, I'd never get my corals placed correctly. LOL

Also ran the halides for awhile and I think they do in fact get too hot for the lids so I gotta sell em. Such a shame too....Oh well....

I'm hoping after I get sand in the tank I can reach in far enough to place my rock, I'm like 4 inches short of touching the bottom. :-(
So glad that the paint dried correctly! I know that it is a bummer that the halide's get hot, but maybe you will be able to get some good money for them!
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I run 3-400w halides on the 175 with glass covers and that's inside a hood with no fans the tank runs about 81
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carey, what is your stocking in this tank?
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Still up in the air as to what is going in, but so far i want:
A saddle or double saddle butterfly fish
a pygmy angel
a flame hawk
some wrasses



theres a few others I've been looking at as well, just havent finalized the list yet. It is gonna be a fowlr so I can get non coral friendly fish lol
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