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Old 05-25-2014, 01:13 AM   #1
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Starting my first SW tank: Snowflake Eel

Hey everyone, I'm new to the saltwater world, yet I've really enjoyed the process of getting started! My goal is to eventually get a snowflake eel. Ive heard they're usually pretty easy to maintain once the water parameters are somewhat stable.. Any good advice from previous/present owner would be great!

My setup so far is a 55 gallon breeder with a king 225 gph power head with two canister filters with a total of 354 gph of filtration. I also have two 200 watt heaters. I also purchased a sky 731 protein skimmer for $40. I know the price sounds sketchy but I've done some research and its actually not a bad product if put to the right water line. Unfortunately, I do not have a sump, and this is an in sump protein skimmer. Could I attach it to the inside of my tank until I decide if I want to put in a sump? I would like to install a sump but am worried about overflow issues since I live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building.. Also I do not have any room under my stand so I will have to place the sump on top of a dresser. This shouldn't be an issues right? Would bulkheads be the best bet for the return?

I know i'm kind of all over the place but any helpful hints would be great!

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Old 05-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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The biggest concern I see with the set up is most store bought furniture can't support that amount of weight for sustained periods of time. Be sure it can first, then sure, it can be next to it.

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Old 05-25-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Sounds like a possibility. I'll probably only have a 20 gal. Sump though so it should be fine right? Click image for larger version

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Is the dresser what the tank sits on, the sump, or both?

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Old 05-25-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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I've got the tank on a wood stand from the previous owner. Appears to be in really good shape. The sump/Refugium 20 gallon would ideally be placed on top of my white dresser. Would that work?
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That should be fine, I was afraid you were going to have the whole set up in there lol

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Wait, the sump is higher then the tank?
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Hope not, hopefully the tops of both are at the same height

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The bottom of the sump would be level with the top of the 55gal. Why wouldn't that work? I've seen two tanks in my zoology building that had small sump/refugiums right above the main tank
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As long as you are using check valves, so in the event of a power outage, one didn't overflow the other due to siphon, you're fine

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