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Old 04-28-2010, 12:31 AM   #11
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ok, what are you keeping in the tank? what are the inside dimensions of your stand or how much room do you have for a sump wherever you are going to put it?

rule of thumb is 4x gph then your tanks capacity...so 55g tank would roughly need 220gph to adequetly turn the water over for filtration.

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Sealife Systems - AquaPro 175S Wet/Dry with prefilter (aquariums up to 175 gal..
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Supreme Pondmaster Pond-Mag Mag-Drive Pumps, PondUSA.com, Pond, Fountain & Water Garden Supplies

pro-mag(supreme) 9.5 950 gph

but take into account those 4' of lift to get the water back in the tank they work very well together and was fitted by a reef shop owner.
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reefs from what I understand require alot of current, get a 1200gph capable box and pump to kick up the current and even more turnover of water, after all the ocean doesnt have glass walls and constantly have fresh water.

however I think a wavemaker would better suit that need IMO.
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I would also opt for the siphon pipe overflow box rather than the weir type,they tend to be more expensive but in my opinion are far superior,try eshopps or lifereef,as for the size of sump I would go with the largest you can fit beneath your tank remembering room for any skimmer you may get.flow from return pump should be minimum of 6xDT- so min 360gph.some people connect their return pump to pvc pipes which will return the sump water all around the DT for extra flow as well as having powerheads .you'll need between 3-6" gap behind your tank for the overflow which then has a pipe down to your sump once the water has gone through the filter and skimmer it is then returned through the return pump up to your DT.
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