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Old 09-30-2009, 12:56 AM   #11
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you think its bad there, you should see the prices here.
since there is only one type of LR available in hawaii, and its from molokai, it costs something like $7-8/lb
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:29 AM   #12
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Dang! Mine was 7/lb and it's nothing fancy. At least in Hawaii you get semi-attractive rock (I think.. lol)
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:31 AM   #13
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nah, its actually pretty ugly. /all the nice stuff is right off shore, but illegal to pull up
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:17 AM   #14
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change of plans. i need the small filter for another project, so i have to move a bunch of stuff today. looks like this wont be a low flow trickle filter anymore.

time to put in the big boy

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Old 10-08-2009, 03:51 AM   #15
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WOW, the wal-mart plastic drawer technique for a wet/dry is great. Are you not concerned about supporting the middle of the tank? My overflow is also super loud, I like your idea for a siphon overflow, seems like it would be quieter. I think my fish is going crazy because of the noise!
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supporting the middle of what tank? the display or the sump?

my overflow is actually pretty quiet. i have a piece of dense filter padding rolled into the tall vertical pipe of the overflow. it cuts down on any slurping or gurgling noises from the overflow.

i may be doubling up on my overflows soon. im still debating on the next step for this project. im either going to add a second overflow, or just replace the current one with a bigger one, and turn the return into a spraybar on the bottom of the tank.
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and turn the return into a spraybar on the bottom of the tank.
pardon the ignorance, but why would you put it on the bottom? I have mine on top and thought that was the point, for surface agitation... am i missing something?
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Consider it pardoned

You are partially correct. Surface agitation can be achieved via the spraybar. However, as the wet/dry is not the only form of filtration and water movement on the tank, it is not necessary for this purpose.
By reducing the pipe size and putting the spray bar on the bottom of the tank, it will keep the bare floor clean of detritus and debris, and force the debris into the overflow, or one of the other filters.

However, there has been another change of plans. I have been experimenting with a bottom siphoning overflow, which will serve that same purpose. When I get the design worked out, I will be changing over.
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oh ok... makes sense then lol... i didnt realize you had any other filtration on that tank. I gotcha... im interested in seeing these plans. I have a wet/dry trickle filter, but i never had any luck with it before. Ive been thinking of putting it back on since all i have are my 305 and 405 on my 150...
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:13 PM   #20
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Oh yeah, lots of other filtration.
The tank its on is a 40 Breeder

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40gal wet/dry (w/ FW refugium)
2x Aquaclear110 HOB
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