I just now actually got and visualized how the overflow works...I thought making my own partition out of plexiglass for the overflow would be economical and also much cleaner looking since the tank is already permenently black in the back.
I could get black plexiglass and form a 2-3 sided overflow partition and silicone it to the tank corner yes?
The basic idea is that the partition height cuts off the siphon from emptying the tank if the pump dies right? Is there any chance of overflowing the main tank? I know getting a return pump thats too fast would do it...but any other scenario?
ALSO: if doing a sump with live rock, do I need a mechanical filter? How would I impliment that? just put the in and out tubes on either end of the sump?
Another big question is...How big of a sump should I get...I'm beginning to think that a reasonably sized one for this tank probably wont fit under it in the cabinet space. Though I already sealed the bottom wood with marine varnish so excessive water spillage wouldnt rot it or warp but the cabinet is not very wide at all so I thought perhaps doing a "to the side" sump would be better suited.
I thought the way I could do this is by having the sump on a large table to the right and building a painted box out of MDF to put around it or possibly even make a full hinged box and drill plumbing holes through it. Thus hiding the sump in an attractive matching black enclosure with easier access AND keeping the equitment quiet because MDF is so heavy (they use it in speakers for such reasons and its dirt cheap to get in car sized slabs and cut at homedepot)
The only problem being that the in and out lines would be longer and not directly vertical.
The questions keep on comming too...These are for handymen!
I want to build that lighting hood or at least a plain hood, maybe out of MDF as well. IF I coated the MDF on the inside with marine spar varnish enough do you think it would be safe to use? I know saltwater corrodes insanely fast especially above the tank where vaporization and bubbling will splash it all over the top!
FINALLY what would be the best way to run this setup from a sequential buying of equitment. That is to say: How should I start this thing up while not having ALL of the needed products...
I thought the best way might be this: Place tank in desired location--->finish detailing and silicone\build overflow box---->purchase RO
water filter--->fill tank and circulate with cheap onhand box filter and let run for a week to make sure tank is structurally stable--->add livesand substrate---->build sump setup and incorporate into tank and leave it for a few days to make sure it all works perfectly--->add liverock to sump---->ensure prestine water conditions and then added "cheapo" workhorse fish to cycle tank (or maybe something I can keep but will do the trick as well)---->add decorations/rocks etc---->introduce 1-2 small fish
THEN that way I have all the salt mixed and everything working with the ability to make it a reef tank eventually, with the only remaining thing being the lighting which I know the least about. So all I would have to do is upgrade the lighting and then add coral\anenomies and their complemenatary fawna like clownfish or whatever. Is that a do-able process? It would really ease the whole "expensive as all hell" situation since I could buy all that stuff as I go with no harm done at all since every step only needs a little bit.
After the cost factor, and the dissapointement in not being able to get the bigger\more agressive fish I still am having alot of fun thinking about building this thing. I just have no expectations or knowledge of the smaller things I can keep in a reef tank of this size.
I'm assuming things like clownfish and cleaner shrimp right? *Some* coral? I dont really know what else in flora or fawna I could use though...
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