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Old 05-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #21
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That sucks what happened with the tank crash, kdpuffer had a crash w his upgrade too but his was from the sand. You guys have me worrying going to a 75 from 55! I built the stand too and I was the same way I wanted a lot more space I think I can fit another 75 underneath lol.

One things for sure with a sump that big w no baffles you def won't have to top off as frequently but u got the ato anyway so no issue there.

Looking good!
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:19 PM   #22
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To be honest, I think I went this way simply for ease of use. I really didn't care to have sand in my sump/fuge this go around. I felt that with the added water volume, rock, and other equipment I could get by without a DSB. Since I didn't want sand and my skimmer is already broken in and wasn't creating microbubbles, I realized i really didn't need extra baffles for a bubble trap. I'm happy with the low flow going through the sump so I just went with it. So far so good and I'm happy with how it turned out. Not having to silicone was nice also

However, one thing to note, if my sump was smaller I think I would have definitely done a fuge with a DSB and baffles in the more traditional sense.

The cons are that I can't have sand in the sump. Also if my skimmer was newer or still producing a lot of microbubbles, then the microbubbles would have gone into my DT as I have no bubble trap. Other than that I don't know if there are too many cons for this style.

It's really up to you and how you want to set it up to fit your needs and tank makeup. What kind of system do you plan to run?
I bought a 40 gallon breed along with a 29 for the sump. This will be the first attempt at saltwater so it will start out as fowlr and see how it goes from there. I'm going to try and get the tank drilled by the weekend. I have everything I need to do the job, just trying to figure out the placement of everything ( overflow box & bulk heads )
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #23
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That sucks what happened with the tank crash, kdpuffer had a crash w his upgrade too but his was from the sand. You guys have me worrying going to a 75 from 55! I built the stand too and I was the same way I wanted a lot more space I think I can fit another 75 underneath lol.

One things for sure with a sump that big w no baffles you def won't have to top off as frequently but u got the ato anyway so no issue there.

Looking good!
Heater Controller ended up failing on me. It was during the winter and tank temperature was in the high 50s. Not a happy day for me.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:32 PM   #24
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I bought a 40 gallon breed along with a 29 for the sump. This will be the first attempt at saltwater so it will start out as fowlr and see how it goes from there. I'm going to try and get the tank drilled by the weekend. I have everything I need to do the job, just trying to figure out the placement of everything ( overflow box & bulk heads )
Yup, drilled is definitely the way to go. Good luck with the build!
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:29 PM   #25
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Thought I would share some pics of the livestock and a few more full tank shots. Really liking how things are coming along. I love finding new things in the tank. Sponge is spreading, purple seafan is growing etc. That's what I love about this hobby\obsession. Everything changes and matures.

On a side note, my PWCs are no longer keeping up with my corals. My Alk is reading at 6.5 dKH. I bought some Sodium Carbonate from Seachem to get my Alk up. I'll be buying the dosing kit from BRS in a few days to keep things up with long term dosing.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:40 PM   #26
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I love the fish Rick, especially those infamous Black Ices!

I'm jealous! Is this tank in your basement?
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Nope it's sitting in my living room. I made the mistake of putting my old 125 in the dinning room. Never really sat there so I never really looked at it. Having it in the living room allows me to look at it all the time since we spend all our time here.
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Nope it's sitting in my living room. I made the mistake of putting my old 125 in the dinning room. Never really sat there so I never really looked at it. Having it in the living room allows me to look at it all the time since we spend all our time here.
That's cool! So your floor wasn't enforced or anything? I would love to have a huge tank on my first floor, as I am there much more than my basement.

I had my old 125g in the basement, so I really never got to enjoy it. I always just assumed my floor couldn't hold a large tank, but I never knew for sure (there is hope for me and a large tank on my first floor )

Sorry for my ramble!

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That's cool! So your floor wasn't enforced or anything? I would love to have a huge tank on my first floor, as I am there much more than my basement.

I had my old 125g in the basement, so I really never got to enjoy it. I always just assumed my floor couldn't hold a large tank, but I never knew for sure (there is hope for me and a large tank on my first floor )

Sorry for my ramble!

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Nah no ramble!...at least to me. Love hearing about how other folks have their set up. I live in Northern California so no basement. Out floor is concrete slab so no issues there.

Have you thought of hiring a structural engineer to take a look and see what you would need if anything to get things going on your 1st floor? The house surveys they do weren't too pricey if I remember what my buddy paid.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:04 AM   #30
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That is a really great idea, I will definitely look into it!

I can't wait to get another saltwater fish tank again, I definitely miss the SW aspect of the hobby. I am going to start smaller, and then possibly get a larger tank in the future.
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