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Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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Magma's 110gal Build

Well its been over a year my 35gal is just getting to small, so I want a 6ft tank now. So on with the build!!

Looking at the tank size of 72"lx20"tx18"d with a 40gal sump

Im going to the builder tomorrow to discuss the options of Dual corner overflows or one central overflow. I am leaning toward the dual corner overflows but someone else had mentioned if I want to ever use a wavemaker it might be better to use a central overflow.

Either way I will be having dual returns located near the center one facing each way.

As for the sump I think I want to keep it simple, a skimmer section, a return section and an area for cheato/macro algae.

Im planning on running 2, 6 bulb 36" fixtures over the tank. With mostly softies and LPS corals. Maybe SPS in the future but not likely.

I will be condensing my tanks into one so as of right now the stock list will have:
1 Clown
1 Red Scooter
1 Coral Beauty
1 Orange Spot Goby
1 Banggai Cardinalfish
1 6 Line Wrasse


Also want to add a yellow tang and a Blue tang then once the tank is older maybe replace the red scooter with a Mandarin dragonet.


Thoughts on the overflows?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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I'm also in the planning stage of an upgrade of my 125g reef to a 180g or so and I've thought about the overflows alot. lol I think i would go with the 2 on either side. Better circulation and intake i would think. How would a wavemaker interfere with a dual overflow though, you lost me on that one. lol
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Because it helps when the surface of the water will only each overflow intermittently, where as if you have a central one the water level will always be the highest in the center.

Heres a picture if that helps, the blue lines are the water level depending on which way the "wave" is headed so you can see the middle will always have constant flow..
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I get it now, you want a resonant standing wave. Yep, I see how that might not work. I have a wavemaker built into my controller and it makes a nice wave but you can hear the overflow gurgle when the wave is headed to the other side of my tank.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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Exactly but with a central overflow you can see the water level should stay fairly stable.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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went to the builder, worked out a 72x20x20 with a central overflow and a 5 foot sump. Metal stand with a metal brace 2 feet above the tank to suspend lights from . Waiting on a final cost then its good to go
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:44 AM   #8
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Tank is a go!

Price...$0.00 worked out a deal with the LFS for some Electrical work to cover the cost of the tank.

Black background, central overflow with dual returns, 5 foot sump and metal stand....2 week time frame.

Now I need to figure out a return pump. I was thinking of the Quiet One 6000 which is rated for 1664gph but thats with 0 head.

I think I will be pushing water about 4-4.5 feet up.

Returns will be 2 3/4" holes on each side of the tank I was thinking of hard piping them together and down to just under the display then covert to flex tubing into the sump where the return will sit.

Any Idea's/suggestions on the return pump?
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Finally started to take pictures of this, waiting on the sump to arrive from a different city (about 3hr drive each way) since the local tank builder is just way to back logged and with the blizzard we had 2 days in a row the roads are not very nice at all.

And yes haha blizzard in spring, but thats Canada for yah!.

Anyways here is the stand and the plywood before I started doing much.

Edit: should also state the tank size has changed a bit.

72x20x20 with central overflow and 2x3/4" return holes
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Great work so far on the stand!
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