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Old 01-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Setting up 135 gal tank

im not a saltwater guy only freshwater, so i might be off on some descriptions. found a 135 gal reef tank on craigslist for cheap. it is drilled with two holes in the corner with a overflow (i think thats what its called - glass partition around the holes). its a glass tank with a three inch lip all around the top.

this will be converted to a FW tank.

question - how do i plumb this tank using the overflow and the holes. i have only used HOB filters. i cant put a HOB filter on this tank because of the lip on top.

i've looked at cannisters at petsmart and petco but the staff there is not really helpful. i really dont want a second tank underneath but im looking for a clean install. HELP!!!!

all input will be appreciated.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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With a tank that big I would get 2 canisters and plumb them into the overflow drain holes and then run the return lines back into the aqaurium

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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Look at trickle filters, they work basically the same as cannister filters and you can find them on Craigslist nowadays pretty cheap, they work great, actually a little to good sometimes becoming nitrate factories (same with cannister filters) to prevent this you just have to clean them out a few times a year.

Here's a fancier one for example:

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