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Old 07-21-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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Just bought a 200 gallon tank


I would like to know what I need for my 200 gallon saltwater tank. not drilled. How big of a sump do I need. protien skimmer, do I need 2 pumps or 1. So on. Hope you can help. Thanks
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:50 AM   #2
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Those are all difficult questions without knowing what you wanna keep... Buuuuut, for deciding on sump size, dimensions, baffles, and just about everything sump related... check out this site...

http://www.melevsreef.com/

That should help with most things... As for the flow rate, I dont know how much this holds true for a large 200g tank, but ive head a lot of people suggest about 10x/hr turnover rate thru the sump, so 200g tank, youd want a pump that can push 2000 gph, with head loss calculated in...

The above link also has good info on DIY overflow systems since your tank isnt drilled, though if it were my putting that much money into a tank to make a 200g... I'd drill it!! Many more options if you drill your tank... To get info on how to drill, here's another link

http://www.glass-holes.com/

Best of luck! Hope this helps!

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Old 07-21-2010, 01:53 AM   #3
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OK thanks. Tank is glass.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:23 AM   #4
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Mine is glass too! I'm drilling 3 holes in it lol. Glass-holes sells everything you need to drill a glass tank... Well, they don't bottle and sell patience, but if you have that.... You'll be fine! Otherwise, check out a weir system on melevsreef.com, he teaches how to make them. You can buy them pre made too.

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:29 AM   #5
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Drilling tanks isn't all that dificult with patiience as Scott says. You need to figure out where, how many, and diameter for the system you're building.

Bottom glass panels many times are tempered. Don't drill your bottom panel without checking.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:15 AM   #6
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Lots of water too.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:48 AM   #7
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Thanks, you all are so smart. I have watched them drill holes online, with alot of water and tape. Should I drill holes or use overflow boxes. The tank is 84 1/2 long 24 1/2 high and 24 wide. Would a 40 gallon sump work or do I need bigger.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:10 AM   #8
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Drill is better,as sump,the bigger is better,but 40 can work.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:15 PM   #9
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Do I drill in back corners. Do I need 1 on each end. How big do I need to drill. 3'? thanks for all your help. I just want to do this one right. To big to and expensive to mess up.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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it really depends on where you drill. What do you want to do? A corner overflow? Center overflow? Coast to Coast overflow? Small surface overflow? You could even drill to incorporate a closed loop if you wanted. Just depends on the tank your wanting to setup. Before you go to town on your tank, try to figure out what type of corals you want. If you want a full blown Stony reef top tank...your going to need a lot of flow and a lot of turnover in your tank. If you want a LPS/Softie tank....you dont need nearly as much.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:50 PM   #11
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All softies, no hard corals. How many overflows would I need. I wanted to have internal pumps. I have mag drive 1200 and a rio 1800, are these ok or not. thanks for you help. I really don't know alot apout overflows, this will be my first one.
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Well......I personally want to run a coast to coast overflow....but thats a lot of work. To be easy....I would just buy something like this......Then mount it in the dead center of the tank, that way it collects water from all three sides of the box. This will help get surface skum off (mostly proteins) and let the protein skimmer take care of it.
http://www.glass-holes.com/1500-gph-...tm?productId=7

Its good up to 1500gph.....which means you could run your mag 12 on it without a problem. Then you could run your sump with a nice big skimmer. Then You would want to drill two holes into this box if you could....that way you have a back up if something happens to the main. I had a turbo snail crawl into one of mine......and it basically emptied my sump onto my floor.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #13
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Cross. I have a 60 gallon 48x13x22 ready to be used as a sump. $25
I'm in long beach.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:16 PM   #14
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nice, I live in knoxville,TN
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Oh! Ktown here in California means Korea Town.
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