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post #31 of 40 Old 02-20-2009, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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I do not have a reef ready aquarium so I will be using an overflow. Would this cut down on noise? and could I use that durso standpipe still?
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post #32 of 40 Old 02-20-2009, 06:06 PM
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that overflow would work, your going to want to remove the foam and it should be a bulk head there that you can slip a DIY durso into. ( they are so simple to make with a few pieces of PVC ) your also going to want to get an overflow box rated as close to your return pump but keep in mind that a return pump will have head loss ( pressure lost when pumping up a certain ammount of feet, which will slow the flow ) i personally like my return pump alittle strong and i "t" it off with a ball valve to return to the sump so i can make adjustments by opening and closing the valve if that makes sense. '

your also going to want the aqualifter ( the pump thats on top there ) to prevent having unwated siphon breaks which would be disasterous.
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that overflow would work, your going to want to remove the foam and it should be a bulk head there that you can slip a DIY durso into. ( they are so simple to make with a few pieces of PVC ) your also going to want to get an overflow box rated as close to your return pump but keep in mind that a return pump will have head loss ( pressure lost when pumping up a certain ammount of feet, which will slow the flow ) i personally like my return pump alittle strong and i "t" it off with a ball valve to return to the sump so i can make adjustments by opening and closing the valve if that makes sense. '

your also going to want the aqualifter ( the pump thats on top there ) to prevent having unwated siphon breaks which would be disasterous.
Can you use a durso with an overflow box? I ask because of the small hole drilled in the top of the durso pipe, designed to keep a small pocket of air at the top of the pipe.
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post #35 of 40 Old 02-23-2009, 07:08 AM
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i made my durso for my overflow box. all it consists of is a few pieces of PVC. A 90,T and an endcap on the top, you then drill a small hole in the endcap. very simple to make.
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Can you use a durso with an overflow box? I ask because of the small hole drilled in the top of the durso pipe, designed to keep a small pocket of air at the top of the pipe.
Sure. The actual U tube pulling water out of the aquarium doesn't have to go straight to the sump. A second pipe, a durso, can take the water from the overflow box down to the sump.

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post #37 of 40 Old 03-05-2009, 05:17 PM
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Be careful with a Flame Angel in a reef. I put one in my 40 this week with a few frags of coral from my 90 and the flame has nipped at xenia, some zoa, and an orange monti. It's not doing damage but definitely nipping at those. The kenya tree frag I put in there it hasn't nipped at that I've noticed.
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The kenya tree frag I put in there it hasn't nipped at that I've noticed.
no one ever likes the kenya tree
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I would say with Centropyge angelfish, that you are always taking a chance in a reef. My Coral Beauty has been a gem, but it even takes a brief bite at my mushrooms every month or so. In my experience, and in talking to other hobbyists about this genus of fish, I think the key is to keep the fish well fed, with frequent but small feedings. Otherwise they go out looking for a nibble.
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post #40 of 40 Old 03-06-2009, 09:31 AM
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no one ever likes the kenya tree
And they just keep growing and growing...
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