Yup. Going to use it for fresh. I'm going to clean it really well. I know I need to silicone at least the front two vertical seals as I was able to peel some of it right off, but not looking forward to scraping everything from the overflow plate. I was really trying to avoid taking it all off, but it might be unavoidable. The people who had it ran it for over a year with this black silicone and it was already used before then. Would it still really be much of an issue? Including a photo:
For the bio balls, I've never used them and haven't researched them. I'm certainly not opposed to parking a big sponge under the drip plate. I've seen that quite a bit looking at pictures of wet/dry set ups. My canister has seachem matrix or and the fluval came with its own porous media. Would that be better, or is sponge plenty? I like using purigen with my smaller tanks, but other than that it's mostly just bio media and sponge. Sorry for my lack of broad research on this. I wasn't planning to do salt, so I didn't look up bio balls.
For the lines, the PVC
is 1" and the overflow drain is the same, but the PVC
for the sump is at a right angle. I'll probably go with what you suggest. The return should be 3/4", I'll just have to check it for the return pump itself.
I've looked up some guides for the re-silicone job and it seems very easy, I'm just whining hard about the prospect of needing to take it off all around and pull that overflow plate off. It's got a load of that black silicone holding it in place.