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Tank is looking good Jimbo. Everything looks happy and healthy!

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2 minutes ago, FarmerTy said:

Tank is looking good Jimbo. Everything looks happy and healthy!

Thanks, I've had a few losses...I think from nutrients being on the low side...mostly the acans.  😞

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59 minutes ago, jolt said:

Nice work Jimbo, love the tank!!!

Thanks, I was just looking at the last video I posted and didn't realize how much some of the frags had grown. :cheer:

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Changes are coming to the 130! Yesterday I received the Exotic Marine Overflow I ordered. Taylor is great to work with. I sent him the drilling template I got from Planet Aquarium. He sent me a template of where the holes would be placed on the boxes to compare to the actual tank. One hole was off 1/4" so he did a 2nd template and sent which was perfect. This thing is rock solid. The external box basically has eurobracing as the top piece so the entire box is open. The Tideline overflow from PA has two separate lids so the piece in-between covers the center drain and is a pain to try to work around. The lid for the external box is also 3 layers so that shouldn't warp. The internal box is open on top and has two braces to also help prevent warping. On the internal Tideline box the weir is removable. The bottom of the removable panel is about an inch and half below the water line. Once and only once I removed it to look inside not thinking and my heart stopped when I heard the sudden rush of water down the drain. Luckily the sump was large enough to handle the water that drained before I could get the panel back on.

You can see the external box sits slightly higher than the internal. On the Tideline the external is lower. To prevent a loud waterfall noise I had to raise the two emergency overflow pipes as high as possible. Water level in it has to stay about 1/4" from the top of the box...any lower and you start getting the waterfall effect. I placed the external box up to the current box and I think I'm only going to have to alter my main drain line because the hole for it is about an inch closer to the right side of the box. I'll get more pics as I work on it.

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I initially planned to install the overflow next weekend but realized I had everything I needed to make any alterations to the plumbing. Install was a breeze...remove the old and install the new. No leaks from any bulkheads at all. The only thing I had to make sure to do was level the interior box. There are no weirs so the "overflow" areas need to be level. I didn't even have to alter the plumbing which was a big plus!!! I turned the return pump on to refill the tank. I was watching the water rise and double checking everything the back of the tank and saw the water reach the overflow areas. I was standing behind the tank and thought the return pump had turn off for some reason because I wasn't hearing any water in either box. When I saw the pump was running I realized this thing is DEAD SILENT!!! Since there are no weirs to break up the water which is what apparently causes most waterfall noise, the water simply runs down the inside of the box. I only had to make a minor adjustment to the gate valve. Total time was about half an hour to remove the old, silicone the plumbing where it screws into the bulkheads on the bottom of the exterior box to prevent leaks and install the new.

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The water noise you hear is where the water runs from the initial drain area of the sump into the filter sock section. If I can get that silent it'll just be the icing on the cake!

 

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