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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 11-11-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow 5ft driftwood scape

wooooo! i got a free 5x18x18 tank because the previous owner is upgrading to a 10ft. so im shutting down some of my smaller tanks to stock this one. i have been soaking the wood for about 3 weeks now so i think they should be okay. i'll be getting some stones soon as well. let me know what you think of the scape while i can still change it, i think it looks like a spider about to pounce.



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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 11-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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Very nice tank. This is one I will be subscribing to The dimensions are perfect!
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I love it, lots of potential there. Once you get some rocks in there and get it filled up it'll really look good.
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has anyone used this type of filtration before? it seems like if theres too much evaporation it will run dry and stop completely. also i have an eheim 2217 that was on my 4ft tank, should i just use a powerhead for this filter or should i use the 2217 to to power the filter for more media volume?...or should i use a powerhead to run the side filter and run the 2217 on the other side of the tank.
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That's an overflow so you would run a sump on that. Sump systems don't have an issue with evaporation in the main tank, all the evaporation happens in the sump itself.

You could run a canister with an overflow, but like you said, if too much water evaporates it could run dry.
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Is the tank drilled? if not, you could consider removing all that and having more space in the tank.
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As stated above thats a sump.. Most (if not all Saltwater set-ups) run them as ONLY source of filtration. I assume this will act like a hang-over sump since i don't see it being drilled for a return..

Can you take better full pix of the "sump" side of the tank?

Also what plumbing is on that side (i'm looking for how the water would be returned back to the main tank)
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the main tank is not drilled. the media goes in the big section of the sump and the return pump goes in the other section, i'll get better pictures of it tomorrow when im not drunk. i think its ugly though, i would like to get rid of it and just run the canister filter but im afraid i wont be able to take all the silicon off....
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acetone will help get all the silicone off. and many new razor blades.
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acetone will help get all the silicone off. and many new razor blades.
dito..

gonna be a niceee job though. lol


Drilling a Glass tank is a risky deal. You take the risk of chipping or cracking the glass at the drill site.. I tried to drill my 75g (lets just say it's a pile fo scrap glass now)

If it were Acrylic, i would have said sump that bad boi!! ( it would be sick because you can keep all your equipment in the sump , and have your display clear of anything).. You can also use the sump as a refuge for hurt fish,inverts and plants, or a QT section.
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Please, please use a stand that has a support in the middle of the tank... This is NOT designed to be held up in thin air... You're asking for a whole lot of water on the ground!

I think a few more branches would look nice, too.
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I'd agree and remove that section and just use a canister filter. Also I'd agree with over_stocked and suggest you get a stand that supports the entire length of the tank. Those tank dimensions are amazing...ugh I can't wait till my wife and I get a house so I can get a bigger tank.


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Is that tank sitting on two Lack tables from IKEA? Those tables hold my hefty 300+lbs but I'd think about a real stand with some support in the middle... Tank is a perfect size though. Killer dimensions.
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This tank does not require a sump. The closed off end of the tank is the sump, so no need for drilling or anything.
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yeah, i new someone would say something about the stand, its just sitting on the coffee tables for now until i get a proper stand and clear the space in my room for it.

heres some pictures of the filter and silicon work:

in this picture you can see that if i take out the sump/filter thing there will be a spot where there would be no silicon where the glass was and i dont really trust myself sealing a tank...




the overflow, looks very homemade


the output, i think it was powered by an air pump and there would have been a longer tube that reached the bottom connected to the L joint.


filter from the inside of the tank


poor silicon work, it looks like it was sealed and then resealed again
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