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Cube Tank Set-UP

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Hi,
I've got a 93 gallon tank that I am going to set up in the office upstairs. I am going to build a platform for the tank and tank stand to sit on, and it will be tiled to keep as much water on tile instead of the carpet. The tank will be supported almost perfectly on center with a load bearing wall in the basement. Below the tank in the basement, I have a storage area connected to the underlayment of the stairs. I could fit a larger tank down there for a sump and refugium, and pipe a line through the floor board to the tank. I have a floor drain close to this storage area also. What do you guys think about that idea? I understand I would need a larger return pump, but what other pros and cons do you guys foresee?

My other options would be a smaller sump in the tank stand, or a little bigger sump in the closet next to the tank.

Your opinions would be great!

I can say the biggest con with the sump downstairs is the large return pump you have to deal with and the electrical usage it takes. After that it works out great. Cooler in the Summer to help with heat, larger tank to fit more equipment and usually easier to do maintenance on, and the floor drain nearby for the water changes.

One thing to consider is something I think Wolfie2012 mentioned, he had more PH swings when the sump was closed off in a room like the closet.

Okay great. Thanks for the info! Need to do some measuring...

[quote="Boggers-Mike" post=32498]One thing to consider is something I think Wolfie2012 mentioned, he had more PH swings when the sump was closed off in a room like the closet.[/quote]

This is true, though it is largely alleviated by the CO2 scrubber I installed.

My preference of those 3 options though would be to put it in the basement. More room to make it easier to work on, more options for equipment, larger sump, floor drain, the benefits go on. The only cons I can see are the larger pump needed, drilling a hole in the floor, and less convenience having the display further away from the sump. Still, none of these are that big a deal in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

[quote="wolfie2012" post=32500][quote="Boggers-Mike" post=32498]One thing to consider is something I think Wolfie2012 mentioned, he had more PH swings when the sump was closed off in a room like the closet.[/quote]

This is true, though it is largely alleviated by the CO2 scrubber I installed.

My preference of those 3 options though would be to put it in the basement. More room to make it easier to work on, more options for equipment, larger sump, floor drain, the benefits go on. The only cons I can see are the larger pump needed, drilling a hole in the floor, and less convenience having the display further away from the sump. Still, none of these are that big a deal in my opinion. :-)[/quote]

My opinion would also to be to place the sump in a remote utility space. I'm all about keeping the display's appearance clean and "simple", while having plenty of working space to keep things functioning with room for expansion.

Just plan ahead to ensure that your sump is large enough to deal with the volume of water from the overflow, drain and return plumbing, in the case of a power outage (and check valve failure) :blink:

Okay all great things guys, thanks a ton!

What is your opinions on the Herbie method of overflow? I've got 2 1.5" drilled holes in the bottom of the tank? Is an emergency drain line needed in your opinions?

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Not something my current tank is set up for but consider this....both myself and Wolfie2012 have had a snail crawl in the[strike] return[/strike] drain and get stuck. causing the sump to empty out onto the floor around the display. An emergency drain line is just a good idea overall IMO

You mean you had snails croll into the drain? The return would not cause this to happen.

Sorry, yes it was the drain. LOL

Some pics of the progress I have made the past few months

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