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Old 05/17/2018, 05:36 PM   #26
Dean Ladd
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Here is my 20 Long Sump for my 40 breeder tank.





Right to left,

*Refugium, I us a very small pump to pump water into the refugium. I overflows back int the sump behind the skimmer.
*DT overflow and skimmer
* Return pump chamber
* The white acrylic box is a auto top with manual float valve shut off.


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Old 05/19/2018, 09:38 PM   #27
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I wouldn't even consider using that stand. I got my metal stand from Petco for $50.

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...E&gclsrc=aw.ds


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Old 05/19/2018, 10:26 PM   #28
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I wouldn't even consider using that stand. I got my metal stand from Petco for $50.

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
I almost purchased that stand, but I don't like that it is only 30" tall. I also read a number of reviews that said it was not made very well, and the supports did not line up as they should.

I have decided to take my chances and go with the shelving unit. I added additional support beams on the sides and back, and upgraded the shelf boards to 3/4" Plywood coated in melamine. The stand is now ROCK SOLID. I got it all leveled, and have the system running right now with just tap water. So far so good, there are no leaks, it is dead silent, and everything seems to be working as it should. I plan on running it like this for a few days, before emptying and cleaning everything. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I have the salt, rock, and sand, and could be a month before I have the skimmer.

I also got the sump done this weekend. All of the baffles are in and it seems to be doing great so far. I decided to not add a refugium, instead I will use the large middle chamber for the skimmer and any other reactors I may add later.

I added some pics of the system as it sits right now.


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Old 05/21/2018, 04:27 PM   #29
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The tank has been running with tap water about 2 1/2 days without issue. I am really happy with this setup so far. My only regret is that I went with the Eshopps Eclipse M. I think I should have, and still may, go with the Eclipse S. The M let's too much water through the weir, keeping the water level in the tank lower than I would like. Luckily this is something that can easily be remedied anytime.

I ordered a few more items today, including DI canisters to add to my existing RO system, a GFCI outlet, and refractometer. I am currently looking into ATO's. I think I am going to go with an ATO from Autotopoff.com. I have used them in the past, and was VERY happy with the unit. I am hoping to be able to order the rock, sand, and salt in the next week. Hopefully the skimmer will be on order soon as well. I will update as things continue to progress.


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