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I don't have a pre drilled tank but would like to use a sump. Are the over flow boxes safe to use, or what happens when the power goes off and the sifen is lost.
Do I need the sump in the first place. I'm getting conflicted advise and need to narrow it down. My tank is a 1 week old reef tank.
 

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you have a 1 week old reef tank? I made my overflow out of pvc but this is becasue I am a plumber. not sure about the overflow boxes other than they are expensive. you get a big enough sump to accomadate for the extra water volume and drill a small hole under the water level on the return side to break the siphon aswell
 

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it is important because it allows you to get larger skimmers, and hide other equipment in the sump instead of the display. do you have to have sump in order to have a reef tank, no. they just make things easier. it is just another tool.

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I'm no way an expert, but I do currently use the HOB skimmer and this is my experience and thoughts on it:

There are a few factors to consider when wondering if you need a sump. You can get decent HOB skimmers (Octopus), but what i've seen nothing compares to the skimmers you can put in a sump. Do you currently use a skimmer? What's your current filtration like? It's very convenient to hide your heater and skimmer down below, and you can also knock out 2 birds with 1 stone and incorporate a refugium (don't burn me Geoff) if you so please. They make for a very appealing tank.
 
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