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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-19-2015, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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new 75 gal build

hey guys, first tank ive ever posted, i ended up with a 75 gal drilled tank that had been let go for a while. the silicone was ratty, background painted blue, and everything covered in coraline...ive stripped the silicone, and taken off the overflow box. ill be re sealing it in black, along with painting the fake wood plastic rim black. im still torn between putting overflow back on, or just plugging the holes...ive heard overflows are counterproductive when youre running co2, but ive only "heard" that. also im not a fan of how it would look in a nice aquascape, so any input on that subject would be helpful. tomorrow ill hopefully get the paint stripped off the back and re seal. ill post pics as soon as i figure out how!
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this is during stripping the silicone
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What filtration are you looking to do? Sump (or trickle) or canister? A lot of people (including myself) run CO2 with sump. I will try to hide my overflows with background plants. If you want a sump (or trickle), I would keep the overflow. You can minimize CO2 loss (or over inject to compensate), and the overflow can be hidden. If you prefer a canister (or two), then obviously drop the overflow and plug holes. I have always enjoyed have a sump over a canister.
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i like sumps better too, i just wanted to make sure i wasnt doing something to actively remove co2 by having one...the plan if i kept the overflow was to run it through my commercial bio wheel (marineland cbw-1) and into the sump with a ton of bio media. is there any reason i couldnt leave the overflow box off and run one straight tube to the top with a slotted flared fitting on the end? that would look much cleaner...also ive seen a co2 diffuser made from a weeper hose snaked around the bottom of the the tank under the flourite with a tiny powerhead pushing water and co2 through it straight into the substrate. no cloudiness and insane plant growth...is there any benefit to co2 rich substrate or was it just dumb luck that it worked so well?
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awful painted background gone!
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havent posted in a while, ive been extremely busy with work...but the i re siliconed the corners, fixed the broken brace at the top, and built a stand...the stand still has to be closed in and finished, and the rims still have to be painted. but everything is holding water and working properlyClick image for larger version

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i finally dug my cbw-1 out of my parents garage from years ago, it looks huge underneath this thing! ive cut two standpipes but im hoping i can just use one and plug the other hole, but the bulkhead is 3/4 so i dont know if it will drain fast enough on its own...any opinions?Click image for larger version

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this is just halfway set in there to see if it would fit...the filter will sit about 6 inches higher and the sump will have a floor to sit on once the stand is finished
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This is coming together nicely! I definitely want to do a sump if I get a bigger tank. The stand looks nice too. What are you going to do as far as finishing it? Anything? Doors, siding, etc?


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a floor for the sump, even if its just more 2x4s like the center braces since space is getting tight...and ill probably have 2 doors in the front and one on the sump side. ill finish out the wood with body filler, high build primer, and a satin black paint with stainless hardware. the rim of the tank and plumbing will be black too
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a floor for the sump, even if its just more 2x4s like the center braces since space is getting tight...and ill probably have 2 doors in the front and one on the sump side. ill finish out the wood with body filler, high build primer, and a satin black paint with stainless hardware. the rim of the tank and plumbing will be black too
I think this will look good. But I would check out the wood stains instead of paint. Not saying paint isn't a good option, but even cheap wood looks good stained. And it isn't any harder than painting. My fish tank stand is something I built out of a spare sheet of plywood and left over stain from a coffee table. Even darker/black stain shows the grain of the wood compared to paint which often covers it completely.

Regardless, the color combo sounds amazing.


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i totally feel you there...every piece of furniture ive built has had nothing other than stain or wax on it, i love wood, but i wanted to do something a little cleaner looking on this one. and if you cover wood with body filler and high build primer, it can be blocked as smooth as metal
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Alright, understandable. I see where you said that before. I was still thinking of wood filler and traditional looking wood pieces. I'm definitely interested to see the stand completed. Sounds interesting to say the least.


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since im not used to sumps, does anyone out there think 400 gph would be enough and will a single 3/4 bulkhead handle it?
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since im not used to sumps, does anyone out there think 400 gph would be enough and will a single 3/4 bulkhead handle it?
http://reefcentral.com/calc/hlc2.php

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hey guys! sorry i havent updated in a while, but the tank is cycling as we speak...i decided to ditch the sump and plug the holes, and im now running a fluval 406. i managed to find a coralife 4 bulb t5 fixture i used to have on a reef tank...not the brightest, but i think it will do fine for now. i finished the stand except for the doors and painted that terrible fake wood trim. ill still have to make a floor and right inside wall for the stand so it looks a little cleaner but its running so im ok with it at the momentClick image for larger version

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