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Old 12-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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So I am stepping up to a 55g. reef tank from a 30g. reef tank. I have been doing some research and figuring. My current setup is sumpless. I am going with the Aqueon ProFlex Model 2 sump with the Berlin setup and live rock. I guess I'll go with a HOB overflow box, Eshopps. I am also going to go with a Reef Octopus skimmer in sump. By the way, I only paid 75.00 for the tank itself and am going to build my own stand for it. I am def going to keep everyone posted in this build. As of now I have 0 knowledge on skimmers, sumps, overflow boxes, etc. I know the purpose and how they work but don't know "everything". So any comments as I begin this journey would be helpful.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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Are you upgrading or just getting a second tank? If upgrading use the 30 as a sump to save u some money and I highly reccomend drilling or having someone else drill your tank. Makes life a whole lot easier.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I am still going to have my 30g tank as well, and eventually trade it in for a store credit at the LFS I use. I would drill, but I am just going to stick with the overflow box. My first question is this, I realize how the water will enter the sump but after it gets to the last chamber, how does it then get back to the tank. My last chamber will be the skimmer....
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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The last chamber should be your return chamber where (if going with HOB overflow) you will need to get a internal or external pump that will match your overflow
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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The skimmer should be in the first chamber where the water drains from the main tank into the sump. That way excess bubbles from the skimmer can escape the water before the return pump sends the water back into the display tank.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #6
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It isn't pretty but here is what I made for the sump its a 30 gallon tank with three chambers. First is for the inlet from the overflow, it also has my skimmer in it.2nd is the refuge area with sand rock extra heater and cheating, and last I grew with above should be your return.

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
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Lol sorry cheato and agree with above post
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:10 PM   #8
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Don't suggest hob type overflow if u r able to drill the tank before u start. Hob can fail and flood ur room quite easy especially when the lift pump fail to keep the air out from the hob
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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I appreciate everyones input, but there's no way I'm drilling this glass, although i would love to and know it's the better route to go. I don't trust myself to do it, and there's no one around here where I live that does it. About the sump, I am going to buy, either the Aqueon ProFlex Model 2 or the Trigger Systems Crystal/Ruby Sump. I don't want to have to mess with the headache of building one. I'm also going with a HOB overflow without a prefilter which can clog and lead to flooding. The setup on the Aqueon Sump can only be setup to run a Skimmer in the 2nd or 3rd chamber. Both have to pass through a sponge that rids the micro bubbles before being pumped back into the tank. I'm def going to overkill the filtration system so I can stock this tank without any worries.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:06 PM   #10
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your LFS can't drill the tank for u for a small fee?
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