Originally Posted by Hart62
Ok, so I talk to the hubs and he isn't too keen on drilling the tank. What do you think about the HOB
overflow boxes connected to the sump? I've tried to do some research on it. Also I'm thinking a 30 or 40 gallon (if I can get it to fit in the stand with some modification), is this sufficient? What type of filter media and where? does the sump require one or two pumps? Some versions I've looked at had two return lines. Is there an issue with drain lines or return lines getting stopped up and causing flooding?
Ok well drilling the tank is safer then using HOB
overflows. They can be done alright but must be checked up on regularly they are not set and forget like a drilled tank is.
You dont need any filter media in the sump. there should be a max of 4 things in the sump. Heater, Protien Skimmer, 1 Return Pump, Filter Sock. When buying the protein skimmer or using the one you have reseach what the GPH
of the protien skimmer is then you buy a return pump that matches the skimmer. You only need one return.
There is not much of a risk at all with return lines getting stuck if the tank is drilled the issue with HOB
overflows is that they can lose siphon. I used a CRP90 on a 40g for 6 months without issue but you need to set it up properly and add an AquaLifter Pump. I can go into more detail about that if you want but if you dont want to go Hang on the back over flow then theres no point in explaining it.
The husband may not be keen on drilling the tank but tell him if hes spending the money on this tank and he wants it done right it needs to get drilled. Hes a man he will understand. Men want things done the right way when we spend money on something.
Your risks of a flood are 1/1000000th with a drilled tank compared to a HOB