Rate my design

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  1. Vetrix

    Vetrix

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    So heres a pic of what im planing, not much to look at, photoshop and me dont get along, but it conveys the general idea.

    Comments please :)

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  3. lIghty

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    Note the Syphon break, otherwise the plumbing will drain your tank when the power go off. Durso to stop the noise. Extra baffles in the sump, stops micro bubbles.

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    This looks like the normal run of the mill stuff here...
     
  5. scubaninja

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    its as lighty said, you need the siphon break and the durso is good on noise reduction. otherwise its all good. just try and make your dsb as big as possible. believe me its better. make your other compartments smaller but leave enough room for changes, for example if you get a new larger skimmer or a bigger return pump. savvy?
     
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    Vetrix Thread Starter

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    Great thanx, this is the kind of input I need.
    Would the durso pipe still be necessary if I load the overflow with crushed coral and LR pieces?
    Will add extra baffles to the sump and the syphon break, thanx :)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yes the overflow is necessary. Dont add anything to your overflow. Leave it empty.
     
  8. Dohn

    Dohn MASA Contributor

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    Loading the overlfow with crushed corals and LR pieces might cause traps for detritus, and you could have a problem with excessive Nitrates.
    Not having the durso makes the tank sound like a waterfall. I'm still trying out ways to prevent the noise without using a durso.
     
  9. Vetrix

    Vetrix Thread Starter

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    Bioballs perhaps, or would detritus still build up with them?
    Well Ill need some help with making the syphon break and durso pipe if you could lend me your insight, or a link :p
     
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    def go durso:) very clever idea, just watch out if it starts to "flush", i battled withn that....i know there are some links one of the guys can post for you:)

    nice to see u planning:)
     
  11. scubaninja

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    no, bio balls are just as bad, leave it empty. for the siphon break just buy a one way valve. will do the same thing
     
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    Dohn MASA Contributor

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    Its basically a pipe that runs into a t Piece on its side. Pipe that go's up is capped with a small hole for air drilled into it. Pipe that go's off to the side is short with an elbox, pointing down. Instead of the water overflowing through the top, water rises inside the elbox and then runs off down the t Piece. Airhole is so that one doesnt get an air block.

    Durso Standpipes ยป DIY
     
  13. marine101

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    Also remember to leave space for a diy Phosphate removes in the sump
     
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    Agreed!!! looks very good to me, def gonna try one when i start up again:)
     
  15. Vetrix

    Vetrix Thread Starter

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    My tank before I packed it up a few years ago.
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    NOT BAD at all! Just the "internal filter thing" ;)

    What lighting did you have then? Looks quite nice and bright!
     
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    Vetrix Thread Starter

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    Thanx :)
    Had 1x 10000k 150w MH, still have it, plan on using it again.
     
  18. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    just on the DSB its my preferance to make the level on the first divider lower than the second (to which the water is flowing) to stop any chnce of the rushing water dropping into the DSB chamber and disturbing it...
     
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    Cool tank man. Those Hermits are huge!
     
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    i know those hermits are monsters what u fed them steroids
     
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    I am not a big fan of all those bubble baffels. As far as I am concerned they are just a waste of space. I prefer to maximise DSB space. For the glass partition between the DSB and return pump, I slanted it about 60 degrees to prevent bubbles entering my display.
     
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