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Old 09-21-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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help.sooooo overwhelmed

I have a 12g nano sw currently and have ran numerous fw. Just acquired a 55g corner bowfront. I know what I want for lighting but this filtration schtuff has got me soooo confused ugh. Looking for that proverbial easy button lol
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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So..... What's your question? We could maybe helped if you'd asked something.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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If your looking for pump and overflow help. And excuse me if I'm wrong its been a long time lol so correct me if I'm wrong here. But you should buy a pump and overflow box that can handle 600 gph
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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Yeah I guess. It is all so confusing to me. We have always used magnums mostly h.o.t. and had a floor standing one for our 60 hex until a new heater blew that one up ooops darn. So looking for easy, efficient and strong enough lol basically the holy grail lol
I am considering a Fluvall. But this sump/ refugium thing eeks. IDK...Then i saw a pic of side tank with mangrove and that was waaaay cool yikes
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It isn't hard, just looks like it is and people get overwhelmed easy. It is mostly because of the plumbing. I was the same way when I started. In my 55 I have a Mag 5 return pump...I think...and a CPR overflow with an aqualifter to ensure that I don't loose siphon. I have lost siphon twice, once when an aqualifter burnt out from a power surge and again when it got clogged up from an algae bloom. Was a 2 second fix the second time.

I've also ended up with more problems from the flex tubing. The PVC is the best and I learned after I did it an even easier. Measure twice, cut once. Slop on the primer and glue, insert into fitting and give a quarter twist. That is all it really is.

I learned the expensive way how easy it is to make a sump. I originally bought one, but when I upgraded tanks I decided to build one out of a 20 gal long. It ended up costing me 56 dollars to make the sump. I ended up buying the 20 long from petco, 4 cut to fit pieces of glass from Lowes, and an 8 dollar clip on work light for the fuge section.
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<----building my sump this weekend! When I get home I will post you a site that might help. Your best bet is to take advice from people on here. That's what I've been doing! I've had a sump before but a friend built it and I watched mostly! LOL! Now I'm on my own!
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:23 PM   #7
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It isn't hard, just looks like it is and people get overwhelmed easy. It is mostly because of the plumbing. I was the same way when I started. In my 55 I have a Mag 5 return pump...I think...and a CPR overflow with an aqualifter to ensure that I don't loose siphon. I have lost siphon twice, once when an aqualifter burnt out from a power surge and again when it got clogged up from an algae bloom. Was a 2 second fix the second time.

I've also ended up with more problems from the flex tubing. The PVC is the best and I learned after I did it an even easier. Measure twice, cut once. Slop on the primer and glue, insert into fitting and give a quarter twist. That is all it really is.

I learned the expensive way how easy it is to make a sump. I originally bought one, but when I upgraded tanks I decided to build one out of a 20 gal long. It ended up costing me 56 dollars to make the sump. I ended up buying the 20 long from petco, 4 cut to fit pieces of glass from Lowes, and an 8 dollar clip on work light for the fuge section.
Sniper, did you use any specific diagrams or instructions off the net? You always give great advice etc. and you're very knowledgeable on this stuff. I would love to know the specifics if you don't mind. I'm learning as well.
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I just asked on here and used my very basic knowledge of construction from helping my dad remodel parts of the house when I was a kid. Having a build thread has been my biggest ally and some really experienced people giving feedback to my ideas have built up my knowledge for all of it. I haven't even been keeping SW for a year yet! Getting bored and caught up at work gives me time to read and read and read as well.

But following the simple instructions will help the OP greatly with the plumbing of a sump/fuge. And of course, if any questions arise we are always here and so is youtube if pictures help more than words.
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I was able to talk to someone at length today. I think I am going to use the wet/dry system with a submersible pump and a protein skimmer. Lfs sells complete wet/dry box and all needed items with only suggestion to swap out one tube for hard plumbing
Does this sound accurate?
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I was able to talk to someone at length today. I think I am going to use the wet/dry system with a submersible pump and a protein skimmer. Lfs sells complete wet/dry box and all needed items with only suggestion to swap out one tube for hard plumbing
Does this sound accurate?
Yep but there are some downfalls not having a fuge imo
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