Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-10-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
Best configuration for a 180gal FOWLR

I'm looking to upgrade from my 75gal to a 180 gal. Now I can't use anything from the old setup, other than my ocean clear mechanical filter. Everything else is a hang on. This tank will be on the 1st floor with all the filtration in the basement below.

Should I get overflows with this tank? Any they needed?
How big should the wet/dry/sump be I was looking at the megaflow 3 sump.
Whats the best way to determine pump size.
What's a good skimmer?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
__________________

__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,242
As far as the pumps you`ll need to figure out head pressure to upstairs to the tank. Moved to General hardware and equipment discussion.
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2008, 10:57 PM   #3
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
You can check out my 125 reef build. You might get some ideas there. I assume the 180 will be drilled with built-in overflows?
__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2008, 09:29 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
I was planning on having overflows. Are they needed?
__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2008, 03:07 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
You should get a pre-drilled tank with built in overflows. Otherwise your choices are to HOB overflows or drill the tank. Every flow has a rating for how much water can move through it (gph) based on the size of the hole. Assumng 2 overflows rated at 600 gph each you need a pump with a rating of 1200 gph or less AT a head height of whatever the distance is between the location of the pump in the basement and the return to the tank (probably 10'-12'). Does that make sense?

Are you sure you want a wet/dry setup as opposed to a straight sump?

Take a look around Melevs Reef site and look at this sump.

For that size tank you want a skimmer like this one.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2008, 03:09 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
Thanks for the reply. What is the difference between a sump and a wet/dry? I'm confused on that.

thanks
__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2008, 04:24 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
The wet/dry uses bioballs, ceramic rings, etc. as an aerobic area to grow bacteria that cosumes ammonia and converts it to nitrite and bacteria that converts the nitrites into nitrate. Nitrates then have to be removed by partial water changes or other means.

Live rock in the tank and a sump does the same thng, but also hase anerobic areas where the bacteria that can convert nitrate back into nitrogen gas can live. You can also create a nice compartment for macro algea to grow (they consume nitrates too).

Many people convert a wet/dry to a sump by removing the bioballs. Some go further by adding live rock rubble to the sump.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2008, 04:30 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
Which is better? I plan on adding a skimmer also.

thanks
__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2008, 10:27 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
Is this a good skimmer for a 180gal setup with messy eaters.

Kent Nautilus EX Protein Skimmer w/ 48" Stack
__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2008, 10:41 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mass
Posts: 264
Is it better the use inline heaters or one's I drop in the wet/dry or in the tank?

Thanks again
__________________

__________________
rdefino is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fowlr

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lemme Know your best Configuration fish4brains Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 11-27-2006 09:57 PM
what lighting configuration is best? thepirate General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 0 06-11-2005 06:36 PM
RO Configuration Question amahler Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 05-02-2005 12:23 AM
Lighting configuration question! mrrrkva Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 05-25-2004 05:28 PM
MH bulb configuration for best color. Brisc0 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 04-26-2004 02:23 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.