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Old 09-03-2008, 10:55 PM   #41
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ok Leak test done

leak test looks good so far...only found 2 small leaks....I stripped away the old seals and resealed the corners so there would be no fears. I am gonna leave the water in the tank for a couple of days for my own sanity.

Ok....now on to my newby with big tanks question....what would be the better scenerio....use the 3 predrilled openings for the sump and refuge or use a hang-on ???I have never used a refuge or a sump before but I have them now and not sure what the advantages or disadvantages of the predrilled or hang on...any help would be great

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Old 09-04-2008, 02:03 PM   #42
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Sumps and fuges add water volume to your system. That is a good thing. Having them below the tank allows you to have your heaters, probs and other equipment hidden from view.
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Sumps and fuges add water volume to your system. That is a good thing. Having them below the tank allows you to have your heaters, probs and other equipment hidden from view.
That much I do understand...I guess I am trying to figure out if it is better to use the predrilled holes or not. is it easier or more complex? I don't mind doing the plumbing either way
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:54 PM   #44
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Beautiful job on the stand!! I am terrible at staining. I couldnt stain my shirt if i did it on purpose. :p
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That much I do understand...I guess I am trying to figure out if it is better to use the predrilled holes or not. is it easier or more complex? I don't mind doing the plumbing either way
Are you saying you have predrilled holes in your tank or the sump?
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Are you saying you have predrilled holes in your tank or the sump?
There are 3 predrilled holes in the tank (they are curreuntly plugged by the old owner)
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There are 3 predrilled holes in the tank (they are curreuntly plugged by the old owner)
Where are the holes located?

They could have been for a closed loop.
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Where are the holes located?

They could have been for a closed loop.

1 is dead center 4 inches from back of tank
the other 2 are 20 inches in from the sides and also 4 inches from the back of tank
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On the bottom glass? I would say those are for a closed loop and not for drain lines. Using them for flow would work. A friend of mine has a 450g tank with holes in the bottom glass and he uses it as a closed loop for flow.
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here is a drawing of holes

closed??? or not????
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