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Old 05-27-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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Tank not predrilled...how to set up sump?

I purchased a 55 gallon FOWLR setup.

It comes complete with live rock, blowers, 3 stage HOB filtration system, and fish (blue tang, mandarin goby, rainbow angel, etc.; chocolate-chip star fish and a spiny starfish that mostly lives under the live rock. Also a sea urchin.

I'd like to get rid of the HOB and use a sump with a Protein Skimmer instead.

The tank is not predrilled though, so does anyone have any advice on how I could set up a sump system for the thank?

thanks!
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you can buy a overflow and not have to drill at all
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try the eshopps overflow box or the life reef box,both very good,I use the eshopps
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So something like this?

Eshopps: Overflow boxes

Anyone got a good example diagram of how to set that up?
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I was looking into the same thing for my 75g and I have found that if you drill it you will have to drill the back or the end because the bottom is most likely tempered which can not be drilled. You can get the bits to drill the tank on ebay for pretty darn cheap. If you want to go the HOB overflow way I found this one on eBay but I am not sure if 1200gph is too much. I haven't bought anything from that store and I can't guarantee the quality but the price seems to be right and the pictures look good. I plan on buying lights from them when I am no longer in Iraq. This is the eshopps on Amazon and it seems like that would actually be the right one. Although you may want to go a little bigger I think that 1200gph would be rather excessive. Anyway, best of luck and I hope it works out well!!
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So something like this?

Eshopps: Overflow boxes

Anyone got a good example diagram of how to set that up?
their the ones, have a look in my profile there's a load of photo's there,
basically you fix the two boxes together using the nylon bolts,the u tube fits into both,the black box sits in your tank and you adjust the height so the cut outs are about 5-10mm below the water surface,the clear box is connected via a pvc pipe down and into your sump or refugium(I would suggest a sump),your sump should house bio balls,skimmer,heater,return pump and seperate section with live sand and a macro algae like chaeto,then the return pump pumps the water back to your tank.
If you have a power failure the water will only drain down to the bottom of the cut outs but the u tube will still be full,once power is restored water flows through the cut outs and flow returns through the u tube and down to your sump.

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here's a couple of basic drawings
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sorry.red box is skimmer,green box is return pump
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drill it! glass holes has the bits and parts cheap and it will work better look nicer etc...
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drill if you think you can do it, but be carefull make sure you find out what type of glass your tank has.
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