breaking the rules of Marines... Advice and insights

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  1. wors143

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    Good morning all

    I have been in the hobby for the last 7 years. I will give you a run down on my system and some question and advice I need

    For the better part of 7 years all has been well. I have a 1200 by 800 by 800 display tank. my sump is a mere 900 by 300 of which I have chamber one housing my skimmer and heaters and chamber 3 which is the return. middle chamber is the sand bed which is 300 by 400

    I had my tank for about 18months and then I moved. My tank was dropped and cracked and lost about everything. tank was fixed and stood for about 6 months before I moved to the house I bought. for the last 4 years all has been good. softies and lps are thriving have bta and about 7 to 15 fish at any given moment. obviously low bioload. Skim wet but nothing to hectic as bioload is low. I don't do water changes just dosing
    I must say that I have not had algae problems in the last 7 years at all. the occasional green hair algae growing from me over feeding. as soon as I cut down things are back to normal.

    So here is some questions I have regarding a new tank I want to get.
    The tank is a freshwater setup. Dimensions are 2200L by 600D by 800H
    It is not drilled for an overflow
    it however has internal overflow boxes on either end of the tank where there is a pump in each to help with flow. it currently has bio balls and some filter floss in.

    Question 1: Do I need to drill the tank for an overflow and get a sump. there is enough space in the internal boxes to drill and plumb an overflow

    Question 2: What is verdict of going sumpless? ( taking into consideration the small DSB I currenty have, and reading up that the dsb has to be as big as the display to have any affect)

    Question 3: will the existing overflow boxes do the job? Thinking of bioballs and filterfloss with orca biocubes in one and blacking out the other and putting in live rock for sponges, copepods and filter feeders to grow in. Obviously will continue to run skimmer

    Your responses will be greatly appreciated.
    Really looking forward to what DallasG, RiaanP and Viper has to say
     
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    Doubt you will be able to fit a skimmer that can handle that size tank, into one of those box filters.

    I would drill it and use a proper sump.

    Maybe leave the filter boxes and use them as overflow chambers / boxes. Although they waste a lot of real estate your fish could swim in.
     
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    thanx Riaanp

    Was thinking of doing a hang on skimmer
     
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    We do have the perfect HOB for your application, however? You cannot skim in freshwater?
     
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    thanx andre

    Converting the tank to saltwater
     
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    Whay about an external skimmer?
     
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    Big fan of sumpless. Tech nowadays can keep everything in the display, and out of sight.

    May fav is a pond, so there is not even any glass to clean.
     
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