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Old 12-16-2012, 11:01 PM   #21
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I wouldn't use a 55 gallon as a sump. You will be severely limited with what skimmer you can use. If anything, make it opposite- use the 55 gallon as your refugium, and use a 40 breeder style tank to hold the skimmer.
I would use a Sea Side Aquatics AS31, or an Octopus Extreme XS350.
Actually, I already decided to go this new route. I'm going to have the 40 gal elevated slightly above the 55 gal so it can act as an overflow.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:23 AM   #22
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Any progress on the build? I want some pics! Lol keep us updated.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:29 AM   #23
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.... My dream build
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:44 AM   #24
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Yesterday I got the concrete bar countertops poured. I also have the aquarium stand built and in place
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #25
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I'm thinking about building the following DIY protein skimmer....thoughts?

http://diyproteinskimmer.blogspot.co...embly.html?m=1
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #26
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Looks pretty awesome! I'm a fan of sharp components. I wouldn't go out of my way making a killer setup/ man cave, and skimp on something like a skimmer.
if I may also comment on the tank location- You and your friends are going to be behind the bar more often than sitting in the seats. I would move that tank about 3 feet forward to make it easier to see and easier to maintain with a little closet behind it, where I would keep the components.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:52 PM   #27
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I can't wait to see the end result. Looks like alot of time/effeort/money is going into this.
Bravo!!!
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I am so jealous....looks awesome,
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:52 PM   #29
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That is going to be a sweet setup when its finished. Im going to come over for a drink or few!
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That is going to be a sweet setup when its finished. Im going to come over for a drink or few!
I've already had a couple just drolling over it.
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