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Old 05-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #11
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Auto correct ugh... Threw the t-5's in..
Would you keep your 150g?
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #12
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Would you keep your 150g?
Nope... Already got a buyer.
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Nope... Already got a buyer.
Guess it depends on how much time you have. I tend to go for complete systems. Don't really have time to build. But I do wish I had gone with the 250g. My problem was getting it in the house.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:46 PM   #14
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250g fell through.. I measured it, 165g.. Smh... It's nice, but not without a stand... Getting 180g tomorrow..
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250g fell through.. I measured it, 165g.. Smh... It's nice, but not without a stand... Getting 180g tomorrow..
Kio, I think you'll be happy. I love my 180g. We always wish we could go bigger. Looking forward to seeing the progress. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:24 AM   #16
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I agree with Koi, we always want bigger, but I love my 180.
I really want a 400 fish-only, so I can have that Emperor I've always wanted, but I'm totally happy with my 180 reef.....for now!!
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Thanks everyone... It'll be a slow build. I'm replacing the over flow boxes, piping, new sand, and new sump... You think a 55g sump will work? Also getting a 1800gph return pump for it... Any other ideas or suggestions?
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I had to do the same on mine. I bought a stripped 180, no overflows or filtration.
Instead of 1 -55g sump, I did 2-30 by 12 by 16 sumps, with seperate returns and drains. This allowed me to run one as a micron/skimmer setup, and the other as a refugium. These were tied together with 2 bulkheads for redundancy, so if 1 pump failed the water would even out and still be getting returned to the tank, avoiding an overflow.
Just a thought, it gave more room laterally for equipment, and allowed for a larger refugium.
I've got 2 quiet one 4000's that return about 1500gph with head loss.
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I had to do the same on mine. I bought a stripped 180, no overflows or filtration.
Instead of 1 -55g sump, I did 2-30 by 12 by 16 sumps, with seperate returns and drains. This allowed me to run one as a micron/skimmer setup, and the other as a refugium. These were tied together with 2 bulkheads for redundancy, so if 1 pump failed the water would even out and still be getting returned to the tank, avoiding an overflow.
Just a thought, it gave more room laterally for equipment, and allowed for a larger refugium.
I've got 2 quiet one 4000's that return about 1500gph with head loss.
Got any pics? This sounds interesting to me.
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Sure.

Attachment 95687

Slimmer side

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Refugium side

Drains run to the middle, returns go straight up to tank.
I thought to do this after I couldn't find one pre-made unit big enough. So I got 1-30" Eshopps sump and 1-30" Eshopps refugium. I just put 2 bulkheads and put them together. Each of the sumps has 2 drain holes too, so I have some future flexibility for whatever.
I have to say I really like how it came out, and this was 16 months ago, no problems yet. At least with the filtration!
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