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Old 09-23-2011, 02:52 AM   #1
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Where to place heater?

Ok so I have a 75g main tank and I am currently in the process of building a 40g refugium/sump and I've heard that some people place their heaters in the sump so that it's not in the display tank. I would like to do this too but I was wondering if there was a specific stage as to where it should be placed? Or just anywhere in the sump where it will fit?
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I believe it can go anywhere in the sump ...have you considered placing it in the overflow box?? I placed both of mine in there and they work perfect
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I put mine in the chamber with the return pump
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I did not think of the overflow box... That would be a good place to put it! I'll have to do recheck the measurements to make sure that it will fit, thank you for the help.
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Only thing with the overflow is you`ll need to make sure the overflow does not run out of water or it will over heat and melt the overflow. Maybe even catch on fire. I would do it in the sump where your return pump is.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:43 PM   #6
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Yea I was thinking about that too actually. I know a heater that size for a 75g tank is going to be fairly long so I'm trying to picture it and I think that placing it upright would be the best way to go. My only other concern would be how do I set up the plumbing so that should the power go out, the water drains into my sump so that the heater will not overheat?
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If the power cuts out then won't the power for the heater cut out too??
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he doesn't mean if the power cuts out he means if the waterflow cuts, so if the siphon breaks
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O right!! I see! Ignore me lol
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I should have been more clear on that lol I'm sorry. Do you guys have a fail safe for the sump if the power goes out so that the sump or main tank will not overflow?
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