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Old 10-14-2010, 11:31 PM   #1
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The 120 FOWLR (corals later) build...

I thought I would start posting pics of the 120 SW FOWLR build. My Tank just arrived this past weekend. I completed the plumbing yesterday morning and late today I have filled it with water for the initial leak check and equipment run.

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Tank - 120g 60" x 18" x 26" with two back corner overflows
Lights - AquaticLife 4 HO Lamp with moonlights
Skimmer - Reef Octopus in sump
Pump - 1800gph (I forget the model) but it only runs at about 1100GPH because of height (I think)
Sump - Modified old 30gal aquarium with refugium compartment

I think that's it. Anyway here are the pics. Cabinet to be built soon...Live rock and sand base this weekend...

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Old 10-14-2010, 11:33 PM   #2
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I'm having fluctuations in the level behind the overflow covers as I mentioned in another post. Here are the pics. This change in level happens about every 30 - 40 secs.
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Kinda seems like air trapped to me... but im still learning about this haha.
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Looks good, but I can make a few suggestions.
1- The skimmer is too deep. Build a stand (egg crate works great) to get it higher up out of the water. The outlet should not be underwater. The skimmer will run best in about 7" of water.
2- It looks like you have clear tubing dumping water into the skimmer section. Lower that line so it's underwater. It will keep it more quiet and you won't have as much salt creep from the water splashing.
3- You need to drill a hole on the top of the durso to let air into the drain. What's happening is there is not enough air to let the water free flow and it builds up pressure then drains. That's the fluctuation you are seeing.
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Hi Larry. That's great. Thanks for the tips. I've just drained the tank to give it a wipe down and fix a couple of things including a very small leak that will just need a couple of turns on a coupling. I'll go and pick up some egg crate this morning. As for the clear tubing you probably can't see from the picture but I've built a small chamber in the sump that the clear tube sits in and it dumps water into this overflow chamber and up through the top. So the tube empties in the bottom and it overflows into the skimmer section. I got that idea, in fact the whole idea of my sump from melevsreef.com. I think it was version J that I copied. He was a great resource. I will drill a bigger hole in the top where the short tube is coming out now. How big do you think I need to go? Durso is the drain tube yes? Thanks so much...

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The durso is the drain in the overflow. Mine came with a small (maybe 2" long) piece of hard airline tubing already there. I would guess the hole is no more than 1/4". The hard airline fits tight and doesn't go far down, maybe 1/8"-1/4". Just enough to let air in and not be underwater.

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So just to make sure before I start drilling you think I should make that hole for the tube bigger right? It's 1/8" now I think I'll try 1/4" first. How's that sound? Thanks again for helping me out.

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Where is the hole drilled? Is it at the top like mine? If you have a piece of airline, soft or hard, make the hole big enough so that slides in.
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yup, exactly like yours. The rigid airline sticks out of that hole. Really it looks the same as your. In addition there are two holes one on each side of the elbow. Those stay under the water level unless I turn the pump off. I guess to break the siphon action.
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Make sure that airline doesn't go down too deep. If it's underwater it's not working as it should. Pull it out and just stick it in far enough that it won't fall out. You only need it in about the thickness of the pvc.

Is that a Marineland Perfecto tank? The CornerFlo and plumbing looks exactly like mine. It's a real nice setup.
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