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Old 08-25-2010, 04:27 PM   #41
 
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I looked it up and found out what is was. THEN I looked up what people in the hobby thought about it. It was a mixed and from what I can tell I like the DSB idea more but I don't know if I have the space for one in the sump would one be recommended for the display and a 3" one in the sump with the algae in it? I am going to get the tank and the acrylic soon then I just need the overflow and the pump and I am ready to go. P.S. I am going to have my tank drilled by a glass company to be on the safe side. I can finally pcture my tank in my head! Happy days. So 1 1/2 PVC drain to sump 1" pvc leading to the tank in a tactical spot making another source of flowing water for corals. Thoughts/comments/ideas are helpful
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:53 PM   #42
 
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id suggest the mud for mangroves but sand would be fine. if you do choose to use sand though, 4'' - 6'' for a DSB. in the display tank same thing, or an inch or less. any other depth seems to trap detritus and debris.
it does sound like it is going to be a nice setup and i applaud you for taking your time to research.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:45 PM   #43
 
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What would you recommend for the display tank depth? What would you recommend for the sump a DSB or the mud? If I got the mud do I need the skimmer? I own the skimmer right now so yeah... And I need a final design soon because I am going to get the panels as soon as I get the cash for the overflow system. Yes it will hopefully be a beautiful tank. I am going to take it slow and once I get comfortable with it I will start getting nice corals.

Also I want to get the lionfish and I am hesitant to look at other fish to get. I was thinking the classic clowns and I wanted a jawfish but since I am getting the lionfish it doesn't seem wise. And since I want it to be a reef less fish the better because the risk for disease needing medication.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:22 PM   #44
 
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i would go with the DSB in the sump and display personally. you'd need your skimmer either way IMO.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:08 AM   #45
 
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OK DSB it is! so with the sump how high should I have the baffles for the algae? 9" would leave 5" for the algae with a 4" sandbed in it. if I was to have a DSB everywhere I would have to get more sand all I have is 40LB of sand and the live sand I have is expired now(it was 40lb of live and 40lb of normal sand). I also have 60lb of dry rock so I would need to have either alot of live rock to seed it with or wait a long time for it to turn. Also I am going to let the coraline be my background.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:57 PM   #46
 
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Final design unless the tank is shorter than planned. Also where should I put the heater? Sump or Tank? Also since I am putting Rock in first and maybe the crate stuff to dampen the weight would a sandbed at 4" still be considered a 4" one?
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #47
 
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just a question what the black things on the inlets are? i would just put the heater(s) in the return pump area.

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Old 08-27-2010, 11:03 AM   #48
 
Question I've bought my first tank & a few plants now..

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Old 08-27-2010, 01:50 PM   #49
 
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they are just little things to lessen the flow stregnth initially.I'll have more later I have work to do right now
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:52 PM   #50
 
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SO they make it so the pip will come down hit the bottom of the black piece then flow out the slots into the chambers. Benefits are no splashing the sand or the water, Won't push the Chaeto algae down. Cons: less flow into the sump(maybe). Sorry but one more question

1. Although I have done alot of research I do not have an RO system(might be able to get one but slim chance). If I cannot get one then what should I use to fill the tank?(preferably a cheap way not costing $100 to fill the tank and like $20 for water changes...if possible) I have heard distilled water(expensive) and RO water but where can I find RO water without an RO system?
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