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Old 10-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Hello I'm in the process of doing all the research for saltwater. I had a tank when I was a kid but so much has changed. Right now I just want to know what size of a overflow box I need for a 55? Well how many gph?
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700 gph should do it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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800gph eshopp overflow, mag 7 pump. Siphon won't break if the flow is right and no need for a aqua lifter like on the CPR models. These two work well together.
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600 GPH CPR Overflow w/ aqualifter pump. Running for about a year no problems at all, Mag 9.5 Return little overkill but it was on sale at the time for like 15 bucks less then the norm. Main reason i went with the stronger up is in case I decided to split it off for any reason. I went with the AC90 Deluxe, incudes the aqua lifter pump and overflow box lid for I think was around 120 from BRS
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Just a side note unplug my return everyday during feeding time, never once had a problem with the Aqua lifter self prime. With the pump, make sure you keep it clean I had hair algae get sucked inside the aqualifter pump once. Had to remove casing and self pump it till the hair algae popped right out, never a problem since.
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Hello I'm in the process of doing all the research for saltwater. I had a tank when I was a kid but so much has changed. Right now I just want to know what size of a overflow box I need for a 55? Well how many gph?
As good as HOB overflow boxes may be, have you considered drilling your tank? Gravity to date has not failed us . The HOB overflow boxes all require some sort of pump to start the siphon. If you haven't already, may I suggest taking a look at glass-holes.com? Drilling glass is much easier than it sounds and you'll never have to worry about an overflow problem. Just my $.02.
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As good as HOB overflow boxes may be, have you considered drilling your tank? Gravity to date has not failed us . The HOB overflow boxes all require some sort of pump to start the siphon. If you haven't already, may I suggest taking a look at glass-holes.com? Drilling glass is much easier than it sounds and you'll never have to worry about an overflow problem. Just my $.02.
Agreed. I have a overflow box and live in a constant state of fear. Regret not getting it drilled every day!
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What about the tanks that say do not drill
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Hello I'm in the process of doing all the research for saltwater. I had a tank when I was a kid but so much has changed. Right now I just want to know what size of a overflow box I need for a 55? Well how many gph?
If you can't drill your tank do the research a properly design sump with a overflow box and pump will not overflow! Mine always starts up never breaks siphon, power out no big deal starts right up, no aqua lifter need. Eshopp. 800 and mag 7 on a 55 is perfect.
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What about the tanks that say do not drill
Most tanks have a tempered glass bottom but not the sides. You can drill any glass that is not tempered. You can run any overflow with a hole drilled in the side glass. It's pretty easy. I drilled my 210 and it has 1/2" glass. Also drilled a 40B which was much faster and less scary since it was only 40 bucks lol
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