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Old 07-29-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hey everyone just signed up. I'm turning my fresh water tank into a saltwater. I'm in the process of getting everything ready just built a new stand for my 65gal tank so I can fit my DIY 30 gal sump/fuge under it. The questions I have are what size return pump, protein skimmer, and pipping should I use. Oh yeah already have a hang on the back overflow box bought from a friend. Any help would be appreciated thanks guys.
Also any other suggestions on setup would help also u can only find so much on YouTube lol. Have a great day.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Mag drive for return pump, you want 5-7x overturn through your sump. Flex hose or PVC wi work for piping.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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For protein skimmer you can't have too big. I would get the biggest thatch fit in your sump. Reef octopus are great skimmers. If you don't have room in your sump, or don't want to take up room, you could get a hob skimmer. Reef octopus bh1000 are great.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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Cool thanks a lot. For pipping I will be using PVC. What size is good and should I put valves on both return and overflow so I can adjust flow on either side.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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Valves are always a good idea. As for size of pipe see what size your pump outlet is and then determine if that's good for you or if you need to reduce.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #6
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Cool thanks a lot how bout my refuge should a use a deep sand bed and live rock. And what else should go in there.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
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No valve in the incoming water. Only on the tube for the pump, because the water coming in the sump will match that of the pump. So no need at all. In a fuge, I would recommend chaeto and some rock. Refugiums get covered in detritus sometimes so with sand it'll be hard to clean up, so I would recommend no sand.
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No valve in the incoming water. Only on the tube for the pump, because the water coming in the sump will match that of the pump. So no need at all. In a fuge, I would recommend chaeto and some rock. Refugiums get covered in detritus sometimes so with sand it'll be hard to clean up, so I would recommend no sand.
Cool thanks. So not even some fine sand for snails in the fuge
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You shouldn't really have snails in the fuge. It's a place for pods and other critters to multiple, so I wouldn't out any animal in unless it's being aggressive or something.
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You shouldn't really have snails in the fuge. It's a place for pods and other critters to multiple, so I wouldn't out any animal in unless it's being aggressive or something.
Oh ok I though a fuge was for filtering also.
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