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Old 11-15-2013, 02:38 AM   #11
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http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-o...n-skimmer.html

Would this be a good protein skimmer for a 45 gallon tank
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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I don't have experience with the more readily available overflow boxes so I can't recommend one over the other. Maybe either a eshopps or CPR model.

For a mag 7 you will want to use 1" return plumbing. Which means you will need to use reducer bushings to go from the 1/2" mpt connection on the pump.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #13
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For the price, quality and reliability eshopps wins for me as far as over flow boxes go. PF -300 would do for a 45 G.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:38 PM   #14
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I'd use a mag 7 with a esshopps PF 300 I ran this setup for 3 years and never had a problem (40gl. breeder) The skimmer you picked will work but if it we're me i'd go up to the next size. Reef Octopus NWB150 6
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I use a CPR overflow box and also tried the eshopps one. The one with the tubes I could never get to keep siphon going unfortunately. The CPR uses an aqualifter pump to keep the siphon and unless the pump fails you are good to go.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:01 PM   #16
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Drill the tank. Don't bother with HOB boxes. Go to www.gl*******s.com and buy an all in one kit. It will even come with the diamond bit. it's super easy and it will never lose siphon, because there is no siphon!


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That said, a mag 7 is plenty.
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My next tank will be drilled for sure but sadly this tank has been up and running for a little now and I've decided to build a sump for it because I don't like looking at all the stuff in the back of my tank
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I use a CPR overflow box and also tried the eshopps one. The one with the tubes I could never get to keep siphon going unfortunately. The CPR uses an aqualifter pump to keep the siphon and unless the pump fails you are good to go.
Loosing siphon won't be an issue if you are pushing enough water through the tubes to keep the air bubbles flushed out. Too low of flow and air bubbles accumulate. Get enough air and siphon breaks.

I used to get siphon breaks due to accumulated bubbles running mag7 with 1/2" return lines. Changed to the recommended 1" return lines and no air bubbles in siphon tube in at least a year.
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If I use this over flow (300gph)
http://www.marinedepot.com/CPR_CS50_...CR1511-vi.html

With this return pump (500gph)
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mag-dr...mp-500gph.html

Do you guys think I'll be alright
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