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Old 08-21-2008, 01:36 AM   #11
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The Mags are known to be great pumps. I donb't have a skimmer, but I hear you get what you pay for. I believe the coralife is a good skimmer.
I love my Finnex titanium heaters:
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I use two in each tank for redundancy.
Which controller do you have on the heaters, or are you using the ultra compact model?

Also, have you guys seen/used the Quiet One pumps? I was recommended those over the Mag Drives for external usage.

How deep in water does an Octopus skimmer have to be? I can't seem to find any "action" shots of a skimmer like that running in a sump.
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I used a QO pump for many years. Worked great, and was pretty quiet...lol. I used it internally, so dunno if it runs any different externally.

Octo skimmers should be in a constant water level between 8"-10".
This is mine...in about 7 1/2".
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Hogie, keep in mind that if you drill the 4th hole for your return, what ever height you make that hole is how far down your water will drain if you have a power outage.

I use mag pumps bot internal and external, they are great pumps. I have not complaints.

I would look into upgrading the skimmer. The octopus skimmers are great for the money.

As for your lighting, if you decide to go MH you may want to look at 175w ballast/bulbs. More then that may be too much for a 55g tank.
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Octo skimmers should be in a constant water level between 8"-10".
This is mine...in about 7 1/2".
So when are you gonna cut a Ĺ" off those pvc legs? :p
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:09 PM   #15
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Hogie, keep in mind that if you drill the 4th hole for your return, what ever height you make that hole is how far down your water will drain if you have a power outage.
I was planning it from the way your build out was. The return was going to be right below the overflow line

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I use mag pumps bot internal and external, they are great pumps. I have not complaints.
How do you connect them to your system? You have a closed loop, right? Im just worried about them leaking on the external configuration (I plan on having it sitting inside the sump for the return).

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I would look into upgrading the skimmer. The octopus skimmers are great for the money.
The Octopus NW-100 would be good for me then? It is rated for 75gallons. What is the difference between the Recirculating and the non-Recirculating Octopus skimmers?

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As for your lighting, if you decide to go MH you may want to look at 175w ballast/bulbs. More then that may be too much for a 55g tank.
Thanks. I was going to wait on lighting until after I got everything else running, and the system starting to cycle.
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The holes I drilled in the 150 were for the closed loop only. The new 120 (post 150 and 120 bottom crack) does not have any holes drilled in it.

I have my return plumbed up and over the top of the tank. Drilling for a return line from your sump can spell disaster.

If you are going to have a closed loop you can easily use the Mag5 externally. Connect the intake of the pump to your center/intake hole and connect the outflow of the pump to your plumbing for the scwd and those to the other two holes. I had mine running like that on my 72g tank for well over a year until something got sucked into my scwd and broke it.
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I used a QO pump for many years. Worked great, and was pretty quiet...lol. I used it internally, so dunno if it runs any different externally.
Thanks for the information. I might get one of each to see how they go.

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Octo skimmers should be in a constant water level between 8"-10".
This is mine...in about 7 1/2".
Thanks for the pic! What is that it is standing on? Is that grating something I can get at HomeDepot/Lowes?
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Well, I guess it would be better if I dont drill, so I am going to make a HOB return from the sump and a Over the back Closed Loop like Melevsreef.com shows to make them.

I was also just going through the box of goodies that came with the tank, and there appears to be two sets of Ballasts. One for Compact Fluorescent laps (just 1 connector), and one for dual bulbs for some T8 and T12 flourescents. Would the Compact Flourescent be okay until I start adding corals?
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I would get the NW150. It's only a few $$ more than the 110. The difference between a recirculating and non-recirc is the recirc can be run externally (outside the sump), but also needs a seperate feed pump.

The skimmer is on eggcrate. You can get it at HD or Lowes in the lighting dept.
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So when are you gonna cut a Ĺ" off those pvc legs? :p
Wise guy...lol. I swear, I measured everything right when I built it.....
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Another question... If I want to start the cycle in my tank, should I have the sump in place and working, or can that be added later? If I had the closed loop running, would that be enough? I am trying to figure out what exactly I need to purchase first to get the cycle running.
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