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Old 05-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Switching from canisters to a sump

Hi, I am fairly new to sw. I've been running a 55 tank with canisters for about a month. I know everybody recommends sumps. I assume I should run it along side my canisters for at least a month to give the bb time to catch up.

I am getting a 15 tall tank (only thing that fits in my 11 inch stand).

Should I try to setup a refrigrum or just put live rock or something in it? Anything else I should have in the sump? I have a hot skimmer that I will try to move to the sump.

Anything to worry about with hob overflows? A flood would be bad.

I'm a total newb to sumps so any info would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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Hob overflows are just as good as normal ones. I have one in my 20 hooked up to my 150 and it works like a charm. I would slit the sump into 3 sections. First with a filter sock and skimmer. Second Refugio's with cauldron or chaeto. Third return. Or 2 without the refugium. GL!!!!!!
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Thanks for the quick reply. Now I'm off to google what a cauldron is.
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Autocorrect. Caulerpa not cauldron. And refugium not Refugio's lol. Sorry!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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Just wondering, what is a hob overflow? How is it different from a normal one. I currently use PVC pipe overflow system and want to switch to overflow box. Thx
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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Hob overflows hang on the back of the tank, while normal overflows are siliconed in also known as "reef ready".
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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Yea normal overflows are on drilled tank. Hob is hang on back.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:47 AM   #8
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Picked up a used CPR cs100 and a mag 9.5 return pump. Just waiting on the tank which is on order.

I'm going to pick up some acrylic and epdm rubber to make baffles. I want a refugium area.
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