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Old 05-12-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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New room for main tank

After running my first 100G tank for the last 3 years and getting frustrated carrying around 5G jugs of water back and forth to my living room, I am considering upgrading my salt aquarium from 100G to 125G and am starting fresh with a new tank and new refugium/sump.

I will set these up in a new room with the main tank wall flush mounted in the living room.

I went to Melevsreef.com - Welcome! for insights and want to try a DIY approach.

I have been struggling with a number of questions:

-What type of wall insulation, humidity management systems should I use in the new room? This room has one window and one door, the only other opening is for the main tank.

-Are there special considerations I need to take into account for electricity management?

-What size plumbing should I use to move water around the sump area, is 3/4" schedule 40 sufficient? I need piping to and from cooling system, skimmer, etc.

-I would like to do my water changes directly from the sump/refugium, I'm guessing that I need one compartment that would hold about 25% of my main tank water volume, is there another way to look at this?

-I currently use activated carbon and nitrate absorbing material where I keep the flooded return pump, any suggestions on how I could do better? I am considering external pumps this time around.

-I want maximum flexibility to take pipes apart and have cleaning access.

Thanks for all the kind advice!
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