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Old 03-20-2007, 02:06 PM   #41
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Are you planning on drilling for overflows, HOB, or syphon?

Anywho, if you are DIY, a 0.5" ID bulkhead will flow 294GPH @ a 18" water column. Is this for the 29?
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Old 03-20-2007, 02:14 PM   #42
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yes, it's for a 29g. I have a HOB overflow. The piping will drop ~18" + ~24" to a sump below.

I have read that with a HOB overflow, the gph isn't really affected by the water column, so it's just a function of the pipe size, correct? I am thinking about using flex pvc to eliminate any elbows (and simplify the system, but I believe that there is 1" ID schedule 40 pvc (I am guessing) attached to the overflow now (which I will need to connect to the flex pvc).

For simplicity's sake, I would probably buy a Quiet One pump (at Petsmart) so that I don't have to pay shipping. Although that is not set in stone since I need to order some other parts online, so maybe get a Mag 5 or 7. I would add a tee and a flow-reducing valve to control the return flow rate.
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Old 03-20-2007, 02:33 PM   #43
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Right because the water column is already factored into the design of the HOB overflow. A 1" pipe in...we will say 0.5" of water will flow 198GPH, a 1.25" pipe will flow 306GPH at the same depth. You also have to factor in the number of fittings and turns that may be involved.

Im talking from experience with drilled overflows, not HOB though...could be different.
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is there a chart of the pipe sizes v. flow rates?
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:55 PM   #45
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Im sure there is somewhere on the net, but whenever I search I just get plumbing and water router charts.
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:03 PM   #46
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ok - thanks.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:38 PM   #47
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Thought I would put some pics up today of the 29g (and the 125). We put 53lbs of cured LR in the 29, and it has fully cycled (1 week ago). We currently have 1 ocellaris clown in 10g QT. We used filter media from the fluval 404 on the 29 to instant cycle the qt. Pedro seems to be doing very well at this point (I will post pics later as the lights go off in the middle of the day).

The shells you see in the 29g are from my younger years when I collected, so unfortunately, we have little in the way of life visible in the 29 at this time. Please ignore the sponge filter, we may begin a 2nd qt to start that process for an additional fish (maybe a firefish or gramma). Circulation is provided by the fluval 404 and a penguin 1140. I will be removing the 404 in the upcoming weeks and hooking up a overflow/10g sump. I have buy the plumbing and return pump, and I have to mod the overflow because of its overall size (14 linear inches of surface skimming is a little much for a 29).

We did pick up a 24" CF fixture, which currently has a 10k bulb in it. We are going to replace the 10k with a daylight (6700k) bulb, and add 2-10k's and 1 actinic T5 bulb when I get paid (I only get paid once/month, so I have to wait at this point. I will be designing a canopy to mount all of this to as well - but again, need money .

I have one 250w heater in the tank at this point, and will have a 2nd 150w heater in the sump to keep things level in the process. Any critique is welcome!


How do I look? ooh- ignore the sponge filter!


Any body know what these brown things are?


Skimmer and Sump for 29g



We still haven't decided what we wish to do with the 125, and we still have reinforced our flooring either, so it's empty for the time being.

Tank shot with wife and dog's head!


CPR overflow


CPR 3000 Wet/Dry Filter


Eheim 2250 that will go on 125g!
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I was JUST about to post and ask for some updates! Nice, cant wait to see how things progress.
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everything looks good!
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Thanks everyone! I will definitely post some pics once I get Pedro in the tank - hey, any advice on taking the picture of a clown that won't sit still???
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