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Old 03-23-2007, 09:28 PM   #1
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Starting SW (hopefully)

Well, I believe I am finally ready to take the plunge into SW after having FW for about a year. I have a sump built but I was wondering what kind of pump should be used to bring the water back up to the tank. I would like it as cheap as possible. The tank is about 50 gallons. Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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Well that all depends on the GPH of the overflow. Had a configuration in mind? Drilled/Syphon/HOB?
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
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Another question. What's the easiest way to have an overflow without drilling my tank?

I think what I'm going to take an old HOB filter and hang it inside the tank. I will cut teeth around the sides and make a box out of acrylic to hang on the back and the water will flow out from the filter box inside the tank.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:39 PM   #4
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There are pretty much 2 options, DIY syphon and HOB box/DIY HOB box.

If you dont want to build you can go with something like this, and I would suppliment flow with a CL system, maybe even with a SCWD.

Or you can get the same CPR box rated at 600gph and T it off for 2 returns and add a powerhead somewhere if needed depending on what return you use.


Or

http://www.melevsreef.com/acrylics/overflow.html

Are you looking for FOWLR or Reef?
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:45 PM   #5
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FOWLR which is easier, correct?
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I guess you could say that...anything can go wrong in any type of tank IMO.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:55 PM   #7
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So any suggestions for a good pump?
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:03 PM   #8
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If you go with 300gph through the sump I would go for a mag5, and if you do 600gph I would get a mag9 and t it off back into the sump with a ball valve.
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:42 PM   #9
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Where online should I get this mag?
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:54 PM   #10
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I personally order from marinedepot.com frequently, there is also http://www.drsfostersmith.com

Also before you jump in, while I am confident with my pump recommendation...I am not the all seeing eye here. Best thing to do IMO would be to hear some others opinions.
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