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Hey guys, you might be able to help me out.

I am getting a 165 gallon aquarium and am looking for a way to make random flow the aquarium has two 1” holes drilled into the bottom of the tank and I know their is a fitting with a random flow built in but I can remember what it’s called or should I get a couple of pumps and place them on my apex with random on and off cycles?8ec48f33cafa6fed1ae1eec3cdbeb413.png

 

 

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An idea.   On my 125 someone had drilled holes in the bottom. I used those for the intakes for a closed loop and the returns were 2 "sea swirls" giving me random flow.

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Yes, that’s kinda what I want to do is a closed loop random flow, but they are right in the middle of the aquarium.


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U can use pvc 90 elbows point them towards the back. Use strainers on the ends so stuff wont get sucked in. Paint them black or with that sand type paint and you wont see them too much.

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On my pipes in the 125, I used Krylon sand finish. I would avoid any thing with metalic in it. It might be ok but better safe than ...  I think that Krylon Fusion paints are safe for in the tank applications. I painted my return pipes black that are in my overflow box and it is not coming off nor do I see any bad effects and my coral. I think as long as you let it dry for a week, most of the solvent carrier will evaporate.

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Most of the pipe will be covered by rock I think so I won’t see much of it. I might do lock line that way it’s already black. And then let GSP cover it so that way they are not as noticeable.


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Got the aquarium in the back almost ready to get this tank set up
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Got the aquarium home and on it’s stand.
I think we have found the perfect place for the tank right between our office nook and the living room.
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The sump I got for it as well.
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The sump has a built in section for a refugium just have to find a small pump, I’m sure I’ve got one or 7 laying around.


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Got to plumbing almost done once I move my pump from my other tank and add some strapping to hold my drain line I think I will be all set to get the tank up and running.
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How much water do you guys sit your protein skimmer at? I have see like 6” or all the way other then the collection cup.


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Ok, cool. It’s able to do 200-300 gallons of water.
Does any one know much about UV sterilizers?


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Stick on fish?

Nope not stickers just perfect fish


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Looks like it to me

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What do you guys think?
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Currently their is 4 clowns, 3 yellow tail damsels, 1 Blue chromes, 1 banded coral shrimp, 1 queen conch, a chevron tang, some hermits and 3/4 large turbos.


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I would put coral that does not require high light if all you have is those 4 kessils 

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I would put coral that does not require high light if all you have is those 4 kessils 


You don’t think I have enough lighting over the tank?


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For a tank that size you'd probably need 4 of the 360WE's.

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