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Old 05-25-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Starting Again...

I had a tank a few years back, Had really bad algae problems all the time.
Finally I just gave up. Now, I am ready to give it a shot once again.

I have a 75 gallon oceanic tank and stand.

Hamilton 4 96Watt pcs

Older amircle(s?) wet dry filter, got rid of the bio balls along time ago..

I have a Euro Reef skimmer. Pump is shot. Can't remember the model number, can someone help? Need a replacement pump.

I have a Kent bare bones R.O. system (just replaced the filters this weekend.

Have not starting filling the tank yet. Have many questions, because I want it to turn out better.

I always hated the wet dry filter, How big a tank can I get in the stand? That center brace sucks. Would like the whole deep sand bed thing, and a spot for my skimmer. Internal. \

What do you go with, one heater, or two smaller heaters?

I have only one J-tube. want to get a bigger pump. How many gallons per hour pump is right. Is there a turn over standard?

Sorry for all the questions....
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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Hi welcome to the site, I don't have all the answers for you, But 2 heaters is better than 1 (don't want to keep all your eggs in one basket) If 1 goes out the other one is there. The turn over standard is 10x-20x tank turnover per hour.

Here is a link to purchase a replacement pump for your skimmer ASM Protein Skimmer Sedra 3500 Replacement Pump (Saltwater Aquarium Supplies > Protein Skimmers > Replacement Parts > ASM Parts )
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the pump link. That will be one thing taken care of.
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Welcome to AA. Glad you are going to give it another try. I had a wet dry on my 55 that I had for 7 yrs. Alot of folks say they are nitrate factories and I kind of agree but with proper PWC`s and I also had a denitraitor they can be manageable. Why did you not like it (wet dry) before? I think your RO is a good idea. Two smaller heaters would be better. And once you get going here is a great battle plan for nuisance algea.

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I'll chime in with saying that you should add a DI cartridgge to your RO unit if you don't already have one. That will take your tap water down to ZERO tds (do you have a tds meter?).
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The return pump must match the drain and not exceed the drain capacity. If you have a 1" drain then it is capable of 600gph
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I really did not like the wet dry because it seemed all the waste ended up sitting on the bottom, that's hard to get out without taking all the water out of the sump.

tds meter? - no I do not have one. (know what it is though)

Thinking of drilling the tank, sick of looking at that overflow.

Still wondering people, what size tank can I get into the stand? (75g)

Also wondering about power heads. How many? Is a wavemaker a big plus?

can't spend 400 bucks on powerheads. lol. Does not mean I don't want to.....

filters I have are 2 magnum, 350, and HOT. Aquaclear 300, Vortex XL(diatom)

Have the tank ouside today for good cleaning before bringing it back in.

Thanks for all the replys to far.
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I'll chime in with saying that you should add a DI cartridgge to your RO unit if you don't already have one. That will take your tap water down to ZERO tds (do you have a tds meter?).
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The return pump must match the drain and not exceed the drain capacity. If you have a 1" drain then it is capable of 600gph

Could you give me a link to a good priced one. Don't have alot of cash till next week.
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I would think a 20 gallon tank would go under there maybe even a 29 but I`m not sure. You`d have to measure it out. They do make HOB overflows that will run down to your sump. You have to make sure your tank glass is able to be drilled before you can do that.
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With the center brace in your stand you will have a tough time getting a tank larger then 29g under it. Even if you get the 29g in there you will probably have a height issue. I'm a big fan of mulitple sumps with at least one fuge.

As for return pumps Danner Mag drive pumps are great and can be used inline or submerged.

Have you decided what you are going to house in this tank? FO? FOWLR? Reef?

Making that decision will help point you in the direction of equipment you will need to get.

As for power heads, look into the Koraila series pumps, they are great for flow, don't use much power and aren't very expensive. Tunze makes a pump similar but they are a little more expensive.
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Agree with what Ziggy and Mike said. Are you sure your center brace is structural? In my 125 the center brace was just a place for the doors to close against. It was nailed in, but was removed to add my sump and then hammered back in again (using a block of wood between the hammer and the brace).

Are you asking for a link to a DI cartridge. Check on eBay or AirWaterIce
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