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Old 02-05-2015, 03:31 PM   #21
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Ok and in plumbing a sump can I just run over the top of the tank?


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Old 02-05-2015, 04:31 PM   #22
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Yes, you can. You can use a HOb overflow box if you like and come over the top with the return as well.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:44 PM   #23
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Ok so how many pumps would I have to have?


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Old 02-05-2015, 07:31 PM   #24
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What's a good led lighting brand and how do you know what pump is to much and what do you all use for a substrate?


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First let me know what you plan to do...drill or HOB overflow. If it's going to be a HOB, you will need to size the pump to match the overflow after head loss. So, if it's a 1200 gph overflow, i would get a 1500gph pump give or take.
If you decide to drill, and pump will work up to what the overflow you choose is rated for.
1 pump is all you need for this.

Good LED lighting brand? What do you want to spend? Ecotech Radion pro's are pretty good. Pricey though. Aqua Illumination SOL Blue are good. AI Hydra are good.
What corals do you intend to keep?

I like to use aragonite based sand as substrate.
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No idea on the coral something that's fairly easy and not super sensitive.


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Old 02-05-2015, 09:02 PM   #27
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And price I don't want to break the bank if you know what I mean.


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Old 02-05-2015, 09:16 PM   #28
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If you are on a budget then the led panels that youbuy on ebay are an awesome deal, about $100 a pop if that. Just make sure to get a dimmable model.

Hey X, I have to disagree on the "old" asm skimmers, maybe I have an uber one but mine pulls an immense amount of gunk outta my 180g and I have never had an issue with it overflowing or going wacky on me like with the reef octopus ones. lol I do have a big asm model but I still think it's an awesome piece of equipment.

AS far as corals.. look on some sites and see what you would like to keep, whether now or in the future and go from there as far as lighting. Always anticipate for the future so you dont have to buy twice. And as Mr. X stated, DO NOT go with the cheapest option as you most likely will have to replace it at some point. In this hobby quality is key not the price. A great deal isnt always such a great deal, I have found this out first hand.
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I mentioned the old skimmers because they are made from extruded plastic and not from acrylic. A cheap substitute IMO. They bear the same pumps, so yes, they will work, but for the money...I'd rather have something better built.
I used to use an ASM G4X on my 300 gallon total volume system years back and Once I went to a MSX with 3 x sicce pumps, there was no turning back!


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165W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light Marine Reef Coral Fish Tank Lamp | eBay

Or one of these per 2 feet...
New Dimmable 120W Aquarium Coral Reef Fish Tank White Blue LED Grow Light US | eBay

Will be plenty of light for anything you want.
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Hey X, is that the msx next to the asm on the left? Cause that looks like an awesome skimmer. lol I'm not sure which ASM I have but I believe it has a sedra 5000 on it.
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