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Old 07-23-2016, 12:34 AM   #11
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you can also see the cover I made from light defuser (egg crate)
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these were made a few years back they still are in use .
the grate on the bottom of the tank is a must to prevent rocks damaging the glass bottom . acts kind of like a cushion

Very interesting. Why are they special (besides them looking so cool)?


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Very interesting. Why are they special (besides them looking so cool)?


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they let the tank breath and keep the fish in at same time
and when you have odd size tanks they are a perfect option.
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I'd try and find a drilled tank of you can, as it will make things a lot easier, but overflow boxes are good alternatives if you can't find a drilled tank


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I'd try and find a drilled tank of you can, as it will make things a lot easier, but overflow boxes are good alternatives if you can't find a drilled tank


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Could you explain what those are? Sorry and thanks in advance


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Drilled tanks are drilled so you can have the overflow in the tank go straight to your sump, and have a return-pump pump water back into your tank


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Drilled tanks are drilled so you can have the overflow in the tank go straight to your sump, and have a return-pump pump water back into your tank


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This is embarassing. Why would you have overflow? What's a sump?


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A sump is a separate tank often placed in the stand below your display tank. The are great for housing equipment for you tank like protein skimmers and heaters. Things that take up room in your display tank and also look ugly. They also add water volume to your system which helps keep your water parameters stable. The overflow is to allow water to drain down into the sump tank and a pump pumps the water back again to your display tank.


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A sump is a separate tank often placed in the stand below your display tank. The are great for housing equipment for you tank like protein skimmers and heaters. Things that take up room in your display tank and also look ugly. They also add water volume to your system which helps keep your water parameters stable. The overflow is to allow water to drain down into the sump tank and a pump pumps the water back again to your display tank.


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Thank you! So if I had a 40B, how big would my sump be?


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You could either buy a pre-built sump, like an Eshops R-75 or you could buy a drilled 20 long that'd be a good one to use, generally a sump that is half the tank size and up is good if your going for DIY, but if your buying a commercially built one, most manufacturers have a scale on which models fit which sizes of tanks


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