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brokenrules69 08-29-2011 03:10 AM

trying to set up a 240 gallon
 
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i bought the 240 gallon tank for $50 it came with tubes and stand no pump or sump filter

don't really know how this stuff works and im not even sure if im going to set up the tank yet

i bought the tank to flip it and make some money so i could buy a 55 gallon
im pretty new at this hobby but i have a 30 gallon and am receiving about 5 more tanks tomorrow so i should have the hang of it pretty soon i learn really quickly and i haven't stoped reading about this stuff since i got my first tank
but im still a newbee

this is what the tank looks like i don't know too much about how an over flow filter works i was thinking about drilling it if its not tempered glass

don't really know what im doing with it yet just looking for some advice on how i can set it up
thanks

dimensions of the tank are L72.5inXw24.5inXh31.5

Snappyarcher 08-29-2011 02:26 PM

To be honest mate the best thing you could get in addition to what yu already have is books! Read up on what you need and that will tell you what yu have ...and haven't.... got. I would also go to a nearby fish keepers shop and talk to them. Im sure they will be able to help you. BUT.... for gods sake do not buy any fish untill you have researched the subject.

brokenrules69 08-29-2011 06:18 PM

defiantly im not planning on setting this one up for a long time just looking for knowledge
right now im still setting up a few smaller tanks
i have a 30 and should be getting 5 more wednesday
i was supposed to get them today but the hurricane caused all the roads to be closed around me

zof 08-29-2011 06:40 PM

Interesting it looks like they had several sumps with overflows going on there, if you want to lean more about them its best just google sump wet/dry filter, this site has a pretty good over view of them but I don't remember where its at, just restrict the search to TFK.

Also most likely at 240 gallons the tank is made of tempered glass, so drilling is inadvisable, just do some research and you should be able to figure out a nice setup. With something this size I would look at going salt water but then again you can have some pretty nice freshwater fish in something this size.

brokenrules69 08-29-2011 07:13 PM

thanks a lot
i read somewhere i can take it to a glass shop and they can look under a micro scope to see if its tempered because it could be not tempered considering the glass is around a 1/2 in thick if not more because i would soo much rather have a drilled tank

zof 08-29-2011 07:34 PM

Well there is always the polarization method of checking, with sun glasses/camera filter, or you can arrange with the glass shop ahead of time to drill the holes and I'm sure they will check before they do it.

AbbeysDad 08-29-2011 10:27 PM

Seems to me the sump related equipment ran in the tank previously without being drilled !
If it was me, and you're planning fresh water, I'd 86 the sump equipment in favor of a good canister filter. I just think sumps are more appropriate for salt water tanks with protein skimmers.

brokenrules69 08-29-2011 10:42 PM

ok what type of canister would i need for something that big?

Christople 08-29-2011 11:03 PM

probably a coupled of them

zof 08-30-2011 04:13 PM

Yea at least a couple really good size canister filters, I'm a sump person though and feel you could spend about the same on a good sump for what you can get two canister filters for. Plus you can get more filtration material in the sump so if you want to overstock it a bit more you can with out an issue plus the benefit of the extra water volume. Also gives you a place to hide your heaters out of the tank. Then again to me half the fun of fishkeeping is putting together something like that and marvel at it when it works and curse it when its not :-)

Take your measurements to see what kind of sump you can hide under there, I'm thinking you could get at least a 55 or 70 gallon tank under there as a sump, then start watching craigs list for a deal.


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