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Old 04-17-2006, 12:11 PM   #1
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Sump planning stage.

I will be setting up my 150 gallon FOWLR, I just acquired a 75 gallon tank to use as a sump. Neither tank is drilled. I was wondering what equipment I will need to plumb this thing. I am also looking for any ideas people want to throw out there. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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If you can possibly get the main tank drilled, do that. Unfortunately, a 150 Gallon tank is likely to have a tempered bottom, which is risky to drill.

Otherwise, what you need is an overflow box. The type with the U-tubes is reported to be most reliable.

For return, you want a sump pump that can handle the height diffrence and flow requirements.

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If it's not pre-drilled, as dskidmore said, drilling the bottom is a no-no. You can generally drill the back or the side panels though. Just verify that they aren't tempered also. Since you are in the planning stages, I would go with drilled as opposed to an overflow box. One thing less to worry about. Maybe plan out a closed-loop and get the glass shop to do all the holes at once
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I doubt I will even attempt drilling half inch glass. To risky. Thanks for the links.
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Also check out flexible spa hose. Glues right into PVC. Also consider flow regulators (ball valves, gate valves etc, and unions. Think about wherever you even MIGHT want to or need to service something wo you can shutoff flow or disconnect when needed. Of course, you may not need all that stuff for the setup you have in mind, but regulating input to skimmers or UVs may be useful.

Check this pic out. Maybe it can give you some ideas. Maybe not, but here it is...
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Spa-Flex comes in black? I've only found it in white around here.
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Got the black 1" from Marine Depot. That was before I knew Lowes had the white stuff.
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Ah. So you probably had to pay more for it. I wonder if a spa/pool store might have it in other colors? I'd guess blue would match your average pool liner.
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Drilling is the way to go, you will not be sorry. Check some glass stores and see how much they charge. The overflow boxes work well but there is always a chance of a flood with them and for the cost of 2 OF boxes you could have the tank drilled.
Just something to think about..
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wouldnt drilling the bottom of a tank decrease its strength considering a 150 gallon and the hundreds of pounds of weight on it ?>

not to mention the price of a 150 i dunno just asking
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