Originally Posted by LoogieLV
at the risk of sounding demanding, do you mind telling me what you would do if it was a SW
setup will work just fine for a FW
i believe. Or at least it would be adapted on the fly to support FW
fish/plants. Like I said before though, i believe I'm getting the SW
bug and this might turn into a 8 bagillion gallon reef tank suspended over my bed and a body modification to add a mermaid type fin to myself. You know how that goes. I think i'm getting obsessede with reef tanks
I have looked into building a plywood tank that is why I was so interested in your thread. If it were me this is what I would do.
I would build the basic box (8' long 4' wide and 30" tall about 600g) I would then build on the back of the tank all the way across the coast to coast overflow. It would be 8' x 6" x 12". I would have a minimum of 8 drain lines (via bulkheads) I would also have a closed loop system with 4 returns and 1 intake. The pump would have an Oceansmotions 4way on the CL
pump. This directs the water flow through 2 returns at a time and alternates between each pair creating random flow. I would probably have my return pump plumbed with 4 returns as well on at each corner of the tank (at the top of the tank pointed towards the center of the tank).
With the multiple drain lines you can direct the water flow to different areas of your sump or other equipment needed. One line can be dedicated to the skimmer, another to the refugium (this would probably be at least 100g on a system I would build) the others could be directed to other parts of the sump as needed.
That is in a nutshell what I would do. Obviously I would have to draw up some plans and work out the detail but in general that is what I would do.