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Old 05-02-2014, 09:35 AM   #11
 
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ok, well you confused me, im just now using my very first sump. I'll use my setup to explain.
I use and overflow box, it hangs on the back of the tank and lookis like this
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With mine you have to start the siphon the first time ( i do it with some airline )The water will only siphon as long as the water level is high enough. Next down into the sump by a hose, i used hose instead of pipes. Throught the sump baffles and the return pump ( mine a jp) it pumps the water back into the tank via another hose and these things

now if the power fails what would normally happen is that the return line stops pumping and the water falls back down creating a siphon. BAD. You can prevent this by doind this to the return nozzle, drilling a small hole in the side

oh and you will have to do tests to see where you water level in the sump needs to be. Which is pretty simple. Fill the sump halfway, turn on the pump (if you have the overflow box primed) does the pump start sucking air? turn it back off add 1/2-1 g and repeat untill the pump no longer suck air after a few min of runnin. now mark that level as it is you minumum running level. add water testing how much siphons back into the sump until it gets an inch or two from the top of your sump mark that level. That is the maximum fill line whenyou do water changes. Atleast thats how i do it. sorry if i confused you more
heres a guide:http://www.melevsreef.com/prime_overflow.html
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:40 AM   #12
 
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another helpfull illustration

also if what i said doesnt make sense read this, heck read it anyway lol
http://www.melevsreef.com/node/1658

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Old 05-02-2014, 09:55 AM   #13
 
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Ooooh okay! That makes waaay more sense now! The pictures in the sticky no longer show so I don't learn well without pictures/videos lol. Thank you for all of that!!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:58 AM   #14
 
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Your welcome ! and please read the guides i posted, they are really helpful in explaining how things work and what to do
BTW your artwork is spectacular!

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Old 05-02-2014, 10:03 AM   #15
 
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Certainly, that's always the first thing I do, research research research!

I'm glad you guys are helping me but at the same time, try not to treat me like a complete novice. While I am grateful for all the suggestions, some of the things you say are a bit frustrating. As I had posted before, I've done research on this but needed help understanding the finer bits more or less. I don't understand why everyone tries to scare people away from reef tanks, yes they are expensive and more work intensive than a fresh tank but it's annoying when a person really wants a reef tank like myself and I get more or less stuck because sometimes people just keep saying all the warnings but don't really help with information. I'm not saying that you guys have particularly done this but when I'm helping people I always make sure to know what they know first and work up from there. Treating someone like a complete novice is both frustrating and not work conducive, just so everyone knows.

Yes, I understand reefs are about patience and time and money.

Anyway, thanks for the links everyone.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:10 AM   #16
 
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Certainly, that's always the first thing I do, research research research!

I'm glad you guys are helping me but at the same time, try not to treat me like a complete novice. While I am grateful for all the suggestions, some of the things you say are a bit frustrating. As I had posted before, I've done research on this but needed help understanding the finer bits more or less. I don't understand why everyone tries to scare people away from reef tanks, yes they are expensive and more work intensive than a fresh tank but it's annoying when a person really wants a reef tank like myself and I get more or less stuck because sometimes people just keep saying all the warnings but don't really help with information. I'm not saying that you guys have particularly done this but when I'm helping people I always make sure to know what they know first and work up from there. Treating someone like a complete novice is both frustrating and not work conducive, just so everyone knows.

Yes, I understand reefs are about patience and time and money.

Anyway, thanks for the links everyone.
Well im sorry if i said anything to make you feel like a noob, i get told all the time that poor people shouldnt be in this hobby lol. (on another forum) But i dont care, i budget my reef fund, and as far as scaring people away, most people just dont want you to make the mistakes we did starting up. Some mistakes are pretty costly, all the warnings are meant to help and are sincerely just trying to be helpful.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
 
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You were fine killa :) I know this is all within good intentions but all the same; ask what the people know first, don't assume. That goes for everyone, not targeting you killa lol.

I believe if you know what you are doing, you can make a reef just fine on a lower budget; as you know, it's all about the budgeting and knowing what you want/need! I'm not necessarily poor but in my last year of college soon (second time senior...hooray lol) I have my student loans I depend upon. I always take out what I need for gas money and food (commuter) and then whatever else is left (usually a nice chunk of change) I get to spend on what I want. Art supplies come first of course but anyway, I plan to be able to get most of my stuff then as far as corals which was why I wanted to set up now and get it running before then. Of course, I know I won't be ready by September most likely but I'll have the money then ^_^
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:33 AM   #18
 
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As usual I am always open to giving away starter macro,copapods, and coral frags. I know all about salt water and if you have patience then it is not all that hard. If anything I am the opposite and trying to recruit more salt water reefers,many people are not dedicated or serious enough to do the proper research,it is clear you want to go salt.Be warned it is ADDICTIVE.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:35 AM   #19
 
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thank you badxgillen! Yeah, I've already thought of giving half my Betta's away so I have more time and energy for this reef! lol
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:30 AM   #20
 
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Okay, more questions for corals in the future since I just want to learn everything now so I'm better prepared for the future!

So mixing corals, I know I can't have hards and softies next to each other, correct? Can I have them in the same tank or are there different requirements? What kind of mixes should I stay away from completely? Can I have SPS with Softs in my tank? Are LPS out of the question? Still a little confused on corals and what I can have together and what I can't. I see they have different care and lighting requirements, I should probably keep to low maintinence and low-medium lighting for the most part?

Is there any sort of formula to use for feeding the corals? Sort of like SeaChem's Flourish feeds my plants? I know they need the calcium but they need actual foods too like the spirulina brine shrimp? I was sort of reading on that but still uncertain. I know some corals don't eat the same things or the same sized foods, any help understanding which eats what?

I still have my question on salt mixes, do I need the Reef Mix or does it not matter which mix I get?
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