Time to upgrade! To drill or not to drill?

90sShooter

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As some of you already know, I just found AEFW in my 24g aquapod. This is kind of a setback, but will all setbacks I find opportunity to go bigger and better! So I have decided to treat the flatworms by QT'ing and dipping several times over the next few weeks... Then I will be transferring over and starting fresh (well, with my existing coral collection) in a 45g tank I just picked up from a local reefer (Thanks again Chris!).

Now here is my question, do I drill and put in an overflow? Or keep it simple like my current setup and just use my Remora HOB skimmer with pre-skimmer box (If you have an extra laying around, let me know, I need one)? I have had great luck so far with a very simple setup using ONLY a HOB skimmer and no sump. Although the new tank is 20g more capacity, I think this skimmer is rated for twice the size and should still do the trick with my mild fish bioload.

I have some time as I plan to use this as a QT for the next couple weeks as is with no special equipment. But then I need to decide what I am going to do.

Also, if anybody has an extra overflow laying around please let me know...

And I will need help drilling if I do decide to drill it. So anybody with some time and experience, I will compensate with frags :D (Just make sure you dip them ;) lol)

One more thing, the new tank is 24" deep and my current tank is ~18" tall with a 150w mh. Mostly SPS with the highest being about 4"-5" from the surface. I plan to TRY to keep my existing rock setup. So my coral will be a good 6" deeper in water. Should I switch to a 250w

Thanks in advance for your input!
 
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PasadenaReefer

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What does the AE stand for? and how does it harm your corals? just curious cause ive heard it mentioned manytimes but im clueless to what it is?
 

90sShooter

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It is glass...

Acro Eating Flat Worms :( They eat your acros... not cool... I saw bite marks on a couple sps and took out to investigate. You have to dry out the coral to spot them otherwise they blend right in and you cannot even see them.
 

NVTE

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14180513#post14180513 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by PasadenaReefer
What does the AE stand for? and how does it harm your corals? just curious cause ive heard it mentioned manytimes but im clueless to what it is?
AEFW = Acro Eating Flat Worms. I believes

Drill . Hang On Back Overflow = flood
 

90sShooter

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If I don't drill, I will have no sump... No HOB overflow for me. I have never had any experience with them, but just hearing how they work does NOT sound like a good idea to me... lol
 

Paulairduck

I LOVE FREE FRAGS!!!
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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14180630#post14180630 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by 90sShooter
If I don't drill, I will have no sump... No HOB overflow for me. I have never had any experience with them, but just hearing how they work does NOT sound like a good idea to me... lol

if you bring it to chino hills I can drill it for you, I also have an extra glass holes overflow that I ordered and never used. I even have an extra sump that you can have for a frag

Pm me
 

90sShooter

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sounds like the consensus is to drill. I have never had a tank with a sump, can somebody tell me what is so great about having a sump? besides the fact that it allows you to keep your heater out of your display and a place for a skimmer, AND give you more water volume in turn making the tank a little more stable... Anything else?
 

naz42

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Drill it!! much better to hide heaters and skimmer. I think you will be good with that skimmer, thats what i had on my 40g.
 

Paulairduck

I LOVE FREE FRAGS!!!
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it lets you put all the necessities in the sump, heater, skimmer, ph probe, carbon and po4 and it also adds to water volume, helping keep the params more stable.
 

naz42

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I have a sump that would be perfect for you. I notched it out for my remora to fit perfectly
 

90sShooter

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who wants to help me drill? :D also need the following if anybody has them laying around?

Overflow
Sump
Heater (for now, until I can take mine from my current tank)
Bulkheads and plumbing (if somebody has some extra laying around)
 

90sShooter

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14180780#post14180780 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Paulairduck
if you bring it to chino hills I can drill it for you, I also have an extra glass holes overflow that I ordered and never used. I even have an extra sump that you can have for a frag

Pm me

Don't know how I missed this, did you just edit it? lol

Anyway, PM Sent!
 

90sShooter

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14181026#post14181026 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by five.five-six
get a sump!

Wish I would have known I was gonna do this yesterday... I would have snagged that sump at the meeting. O well, looks like my fellow reefers are looking out. Thanks guys! Hopefully I can get this thing drilled and plumbed in the next couple days and get it wet this week... I really want to get rid of these flatworms before I lose my beautiful coral... :(
 
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