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    Quote Originally Posted by pcavazos76 View Post
    A 40 gallon breeder, I'm doing a reef tank, many softy.


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    There is not a lot of room under the stand of a 40G. It must not have a center brace for you to fit a 20G long under but just barely. You won't be able to have anything else in it either.

    I have a 125G, 6' long and I have:
    . A sump, PM R24, (24" long)
    . A 20H, (24" long) used for water top off.
    . The ballasts for my MH.
    I have a BRS carbon/ GFO reactor but can't fit it in.

    I just want to point our that you want to watch the space you have and to me the Auto top off may even be a more important item to have. I used to have to add 1-2 gallons of fresh water every day manually and that had become a pain.
    For a 40G breeder you won't lose that much water but you still have to top it off. If you wait too long to top off, the salinity will change a lot and it affects your live stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcavazos76 View Post
    Thanks bobfig, so it's better to have the flow to pump come from the bottom and not from the top?


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    That is a good point, if the flow from the middle chamber falls into the return chamber, you may have air bubbles that your pump picks up and sends to your main tank. You don't want that.

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    well what im figuring if you use a foam that would filter out the bubbles before they get to the pump. also if the water falls from the top can cause bubbles, so i figure having it come from the bottom would minimize the risk.

    the thing you also have to consider is the chamber where the pump is in is where the watter loss from evaporating is going to be coming out of. so if that chamber is too small it can have you refilling everyday.

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    Thank you rage, under the 40 breeder I don't have a middle brace. I have maybe 8 or 9 inches once my sump is all to one side.


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    Okay Ya I don't want any bubbles.


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    Bobfig, okay so the bigger I can go the better for the return side, I need to add an auto top-off.


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    heres the drawing i came up with your design. having a problem making it a bigger picture.




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    Wow that's cool thanks!


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    Question does the fuge area need to be a spec. Size?


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    no it shouldnt matter much. i was about to say it would be easier to just have a big fuge and no skimmer but idk. my google search shows people like to have both orelse there is another design i have that seems awesome for freshwater at least.

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