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Old 12-22-2009, 11:25 PM   #11
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This is a fantastic thread because I'm planning on doing the exact same thing with the same size tanks, lol. I already have on 90 gallon tank with a sump. When I get the other tank, I'll be getting a much larger sump. That will be pretty important! I was going to simply put two return pumps into the sump for each tank, but I really like BigJim's idea of using just one pump and splitting the return line.
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I just picked up a used 120 Gallon tank today that I am going to use for the sump. If I did my math right I believe this size sump/refugium could support three 90 Gallon tanks. Now I am loking for good designs to convert the 120 into the sump/refugium.
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that's quite a fuge. I'm jealous..my DT is only 75gal. lol
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:29 PM   #14
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Any thoughts on making that 120g a display and using one of the 90s for a sump?
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The 90 that I have now is drilled with the corner overflow. The 120 is not drilled. I was thinking I would start with setting up one 90 display tank and then later on as funds become available add on additional 90 show tanks.

How difficult would be to use the 120 (not drilled) as the show tank and making the drilled 90 as the sump? Next week I will start the work of adding some structural support in the crawl space and building stands. SO for now I am in the planning and the “what if” stage. J
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #16
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You'd have to block the drains in the 90g and use a HOB overflow on the 120. Plugging the drains can be done a couple ways.

1. Silicone a piece of glass/acrylic/plexiglas over the top of the overflow. Maybe a little crude, but effective.

2. Use plumbing parts from the hardware store. Easy enough.

You may be better off using the 120g as the sump after all. I think I'd be afraid of the drains still leaking. If the tank is drilled for returns too, you'd definitely be best off using the 120g as the sump.
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