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Design for a 20L Sump
Old 01-13-2009, 02:51 AM   #11
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Yea im not strong on the tang, but clowns for sure, and some other smaller fish. The tank is empty, but I'll have to do more reseach to understand why drilling a hole is safer than just going over the top. The lights I've not got yet.. this was my plan.

1) set up the tank, 40 - 50lbs of sand most of it live
2) add my live rock, atm its at 52 lbs
3) set up my sump being a 20l
4) get the plumbing and overflow next paycheck and building it
5) remove my power filter or at least take the filtration out
6) run the sump/refug
7) slowly add more fish, only have ONE striped damsel atm
8) Buy new lighting
9) Continue to monitor tank, then slowly add a hard coral or two
10) future is limitless!

So... about this drilling?
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:52 AM   #12
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Tempered Glass For the Loss

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:35 AM   #13
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yes i feel it would be best to not include a tang, they really do need a absolute minimum of 75gallons and you figure your 55 with the space lost due to live rock you really dont actually even have 55 gallons of swimming room.
the bottom of the tank is what will be tempered, the back wall shouldnt be.
with a damsel in the tank at the moment you might have problems introducing new fish. with a hole drilled the water can flow down to the sump but with an overflow it is constantly siphoned down to the sump ( say for some reason the siphon stops ) understand?
your going to want proper calcium, alk and magnesium levels, along with proper lights before adding any corals. i guess when you get to this step we can assist you then.

if you dont mind me asking what state are you from (granted its USA)
have you checked for a local reefing club in your area? mine is $12 a year but the benifits greatly outweight the yearly dues not to mention the people you meet with the same interests that can share knowledge.
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