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post #1 of 12 Old 02-09-2015, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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180 Gallon Setup Help

Hello, I'm new to the forum. I really need some help setting up my aquarium from the experts! I built the stand and the tank is a 180 gallon acrylic tank with overflows on the ends. The overflows each have a 3" hole in the bottom. I have a 55 gallon glass tank that I was going to use as a sump. I've had many aquariums up to 75 gallons, but nothing like this one. I am used to canister and HOB filters, not sumps and overflows.

I plan to keep the tank freshwater, probably African cichlids. I really need help figuring out what the best way to plumb this setup is. I want an efficient, no nonsense setup. Is it possible to use one overflow as a drain and the other as a return? I could avoid running plumbing up over the back if I did this. I am not opposed to running returns over the back, but if it can be avoided then I would like to go that way.

I can get more pictures of the overflows if needed.

I still have to buy all the plumbing, filter media, pump etc. so I am starting from scratch and I want to do this right! Suggestions and product recommendations would be appreciated.

I'm looking forward to becoming an active member on the boards!
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-09-2015, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a pic of the overflow location.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 08:02 AM
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Close up of each overflow?
And if you don't run the pipes down the back how are you going to hide them?
Where is the water your going to fill this with comming from?

Awesome tank!! Welcome to the forums!
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Close up of each overflow?
And if you don't run the pipes down the back how are you going to hide them?
Where is the water your going to fill this with comming from?

Awesome tank!! Welcome to the forums!
Thanks. I will get some better pictures of the overflow today. I was thinking of using one overflow as an outlet and the other as a return so there would not be any pipes coming over the back. Maybe this isn't a good plan?

I cannot add any holes through the bottom as the granite has already been drilled and will not be easy to do again.

What do you mean about the water? It will be coming from a softened well if that makes any difference.
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some more pictures of the overflows. I didn't build this tank, I bought it new off of someone else that had it built so I have to work with it now.

This is the left side. It has a non slotted piece to let water come in the front only. 3" hole in the bottom.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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This is the right overflow. It has a slotted front and then inside of the box on the ends there is a false wall where water can go down and then return to the tank via slots on the ends of the box. Single 3" hole in bottom.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 12:02 PM
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I mean how are you planning on filling/ WC this tank. Are you plumbing it in or are you gonna fill it with a hose?

I like your overflow and sump plan. I would guess that you would want the intake at the bottom and the return at the top.... Kind of unclear which is which but I think thats how they are designed to work.
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 12:36 PM
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i'm subscribing,to see how you get on,i'm of no technical help
what so ever,but check out our DIY section,you may find something
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-10-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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I mean how are you planning on filling/ WC this tank. Are you plumbing it in or are you gonna fill it with a hose?

I like your overflow and sump plan. I would guess that you would want the intake at the bottom and the return at the top.... Kind of unclear which is which but I think thats how they are designed to work.
Yeah just a hose to fill it. It's going in a room without any preexisting plumbing for me to hook into.

I'm really in over my head here!
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-11-2015, 06:05 AM
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Homedepot or w/e hardware store should have tubing you can pick up for cheap, I got a 100' clear syphon line for my downstairs tanks......

Also found a link for a overflow guide seems like its in depth

Herbie Overflow Plumbing Guide for Quiet Reef Aquariums - gmacreef
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