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Old 02-28-2014, 07:31 AM   #91
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I'd use live rock in place of Bio-balls Looks like they did a nice job with the upgrade.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:40 PM   #92
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I would! I just do not have enough money for the rock yet. I would need at least 30 pounds. That's a lot for my budget! LoL
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:42 PM   #93
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Use base rock you can cycle it at the same time as the tank then it will be live
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:11 PM   #94
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I bought the bio-balls already. LoL. I have been using my fluval with some bio-balls and ceramic already and had good success. Just need to clean more often to get all the big stuff off.

If I switched to rock would it work just like the bio-balls in a wet/dry filter? They wouldn't be fully immersed in water all the time as a wet/dry just trickles down on the rocks or bio-balls. Don't rock need to be fully immersed?
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:10 AM   #95
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The live rock will work better it has a greater surface area for bacti to live As long as it's wet it will hold the bacti And it wont need to be cleaned as often
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:05 PM   #96
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Update!

I got my hoses! I just got new hoses and being they are the right hoses to the system they fit perfectly with no glue or anything like that. So that is a plus!

So anyway, here is what my system looks like now! It is running and I only flooded half the basement. :-p

I got it to where the overflow will keep suction if the power goes out, and therefore will not flood the room. So if the pump goes out it will not flood, but my question is, how do you keep it from flooding if suction is lost? I got two suction pips, so it's a slim chance they will loose suction, but if it does happen how do I stop it?

So I am now 90% done, so after this weekend I will start cleaning it and draining. I can't do anything else this week because I got school this weekend and it's the 2nd to last class for my Master's. So that takes center stage. :-p
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:53 PM   #97
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I had a pair of 55 gallon tanks setup with a dual siphon overflow like this one. If the flow is high enough to not allow any bubbles to accumulate at the top of the siphon, they are dependable. But I would have a backup plan in case they do fail. You don't want to overflow the tank, or run the pump dry if the siphon fails. I would like to hear others with long term experience with siphon overflows and how they made them more dependable because I have a glass QT tank I don't want to have to drill.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:35 PM   #98
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Ok, about two weeks away! It's been long, but I hope to be up and running in two weeks.

My only question is a auto top off. Should I go with this one?

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Would I have to buy a pump with the first one? I really need one being I am new to the sump thing, and I do not want to ruin my pump. Plus it would just make things easier! LoL
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I use a JBJ ato with an aqualifter. Works great for me.
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Would I just get a bucket and run the pump from the bucket? How do you set it all up?
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