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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Setting up a new planted tank
Might go with. 93 corner tank
Or a 93 cube rimless
The question is do I get a reef ready tank and build a sump ?
Or just get a canister filter
Thanks for your help
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 10:41 PM
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I have always wanted to do a sump on a planted just haven't really had the money or the space

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Is tank going to be run open top? Canopy? Corner tanks can be tricky to light, pendant or multiple lengths of T5 are usually the solution. If open top then rimless would be my choice. I see rimless tanks with canopies on CL and wonder why they'd spend the money for rimless then cover it up.

As for filtering I am a huge fan of sumps. Clean water surface, zero equipment in the tank, constant water level are a few great reasons to use one. A sump takes more room in the stand, if you decide to go with the corner tank then measure to see how large a standard tank will fit to see if it is worth sumping. Might not be worth it. So for a corner tank I might go with canopy and strip lighting and canister, with rimless cube I might go with suspended lighting and sump.

My reef ready tank came with an overflow, 2 small drilled holes for returns and 1 large hole for a drain. I'd want 2 large holes for drains instead. Sumps run noisy unless there are at least 2 drains, 1 to run full and silent and 1 to run empty for emergency use only. Critters love to go overboard too, how annoying would that be for you?

Picture the tank in the room, that should help you decide what will work best.


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