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Old 12-19-2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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My 180 Setup Diagram (pic's) - Input Please

This is my first saltwater setup so I need some INPUT from everyone, suggestions, errors, etc.

Here's a couple photo's of my tank. I just finished building the stand/canopy. -
http://partydamage.com/fishtank/09.jpg
http://partydamage.com/fishtank/05.jpg

I'm going to have approx. 250 lbs of cured live rock to start in the tank.


I can easily make modifications to the image and re-upload over-righting the one you see so we can get this thing perfect.

Still not sure on whats going in the refuge. Will worry about that later. I just wanted to have it as large as possible.
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How can you be assured of the water level with the pumps off?
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I would think you'd get a lot of stuff from the fuge getting pumped into the main tank with that setup. Maybe you should make the return area of the sump larger, and make the baffle between it a the fuge higher.
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How can you be assured of the water level with the pumps off?
I figured Display Tank will continue to drain approximately 3/4 to 1 inch down the overflows once the pumps are shut off "gravity" (the sump has half the surface dimensions of the display tank so it would raise 2"s) then down the pipes adding a little more water. So I'm guessing it would raise 2 to 3 inches.
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Can you please post some more pictures of your setup?
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I would think you'd get a lot of stuff from the fuge getting pumped into the main tank with that setup. Maybe you should make the return area of the sump larger, and make the baffle between it a the fuge higher.
If I did that then I'd be afraid of the pump running dry from my lack of attention with adding water as it evaporates. What would be some more options on the refuge return baffle?
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Can you please post some more pictures of your setup?
What you see is what I have. Under the tank is only an empty 40 gal sump waiting for baffles & there's a new protein skimmer that need hooked up. Once I get the baffles correct and install them I was going to make a trip to HD to start buying the plumbing. The 2 hoses you see on the overflow in the photo are coming off. They were on when I bought it used.
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On your diagram it says external overflow. How does it attach to the aquarium and get the water to overflow into it?
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On your diagram it says external overflow. How does it attach to the aquarium and get the water to overflow into it?
very similar to the attached doc. Why?
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i would put the skimmer in some kind of containment, just in case. How will you set up start back up after a power outage? Make sure that you don't loose the syphon.

I also second the bigger baffle in from the sump to the return aeria.

Everything else is looking really good.
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