Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/ In today's episode we are going to add a sump to our aquarium, upgrade skimmers and auto top off system. We will also change the way we run GFO and carbon. In the beginning of the video we discuss some of the different ways to plumb an aquarium as well as individual plumbing pieces like check valves, gate valves and bulkheads. In a future episode we add a DIY sump.

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http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/ In today's episode we are going to add a sump to our aquarium, upgrade skimmers and auto top off system. We will also change the way we run GFO and carbon. In the beginning of the video we discuss some of the different ways to plumb an aquarium as well as individual plumbing pieces like check valves, gate valves and bulkheads. In a future episode we add a DIY sump.

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Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones - 2 years ago
Your videos have a lot of good information but they are boring
Soknik01
Soknik01 - 3 years ago
.....Reefers
Caroline
Caroline - 3 years ago
Brilliant episodes, guys. Thanks for all of your education :))
Unagi
Unagi - 3 years ago
Guys seriously..... smoke another joint xD
Robyboomboom
Robyboomboom - 3 years ago
What does the inside of the overflow box look like?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 3 years ago
If you are looking at the acrylic CPR boxes, then there is nothing inside of them. It just serves as a sealed place for the water to exit the tank through the bulkhead. :-)
hib3032
hib3032 - 3 years ago
Drill holes ? What do I do with all my fish, corals,stock etc while I spend all day stripping my tank down . If the tanks empty I may as well have started with a sump rather than dicking about drilling holes
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 3 years ago
You could use an external overflow instead of drilling. ;-) Here's some on our site. http://aquarium.bulkreefsupply.com/search?view=grid&w=external+overflow
Edward Holdar
Edward Holdar - 3 years ago
You guys are creepy af
Todd Hayslett
Todd Hayslett - 3 years ago
I was thinking the same thing. If I saw these dude's at my park I would call the police. LOL... really it seems whenever someone starts out on camera they are always monotone and stiff because they are thinking about it too much. Later on when they get more comfortable they become more natural. This is how everyone does it. Find your favorite youtube personality and go back and look at the first few videos they will always be stiff unless they have had some acting training. These guys do get better.LOL
Seth Moore
Seth Moore - 3 years ago
What size sump is it for a 40 gallon? Or how many gallons is it
Garnett Johnson
Garnett Johnson - 3 years ago
Where can I purchase all these items. I'll need the names.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 3 years ago
That's a tough one... this video is one of our older ones. Is there a specific item you'd like information on? This is a good place to start: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/sumps-tanks-refugiums.html

10. comment for Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Nick Fel
Nick Fel - 3 years ago
Great Video! Two COOL CATS! Keep it up!!!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 3 years ago
Thanks Nick!
Nonito Badong
Nonito Badong - 4 years ago
Would it be possible for me to remove the rim from 40breeder to make it rimless? Thanks.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
No, I wouldn't recommend it. On most tanks the rim offers some structural support, and covers the sharp unpolished glass edges to prevent injury.
Brett Abbott
Brett Abbott - 4 years ago
Man these old videos are bad. You've gotten a lot better at this!!!!
Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson - 4 years ago
your welcome lol
Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson - 4 years ago
your welcome lol
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
Lol, thanks Brett!
Mehmet Kantarci
Mehmet Kantarci - 4 years ago
You guys got a look like dexter but gj on fish stuff :=)
Kingdom1
Kingdom1 - 4 years ago
OZZIE !!!!
Brett Abbott
Brett Abbott - 4 years ago
Ryan, you really have gotten a LOT better at this! Love your videos!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+Brett Abbott Thanks Brett!
logan petty
logan petty - 4 years ago
Is a overflow box necessary for using a sump or are there other options???
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+logan petty You could use a stand pipe, but they aren't the prettiest thing out there. There is also the option of an external overflow box, but that requires a custom tank generally.
Fred Beer
Fred Beer - 4 years ago
Sorry this may be a question but to I am going to be adding a sump to my already established system. When I add the sump and add more saltwater will it change the salinity in the main display tank or will it stay the same salinity as the display tank?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+Fred Beer As long as you match the salinity to the salinity of your current tank it will stay the same :)
Julzy1998
Julzy1998 - 4 years ago
Don't get me wrong this is a great video, however i feel you are overcomplicating things by trying to introduce all these alternatives and different ways to do, especially because your advertising so many of your products in this video, rather than a simple setup. None the less, great video
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+Julzy1998 thanks for the feedback. We are actually "attempting" to do he opposite by adding clarity to all the systems and processes everyone talks about. Easy to see how this does the opposite for newer reefers by rapidly introducing all kinds of concepts.
Sociophobian
Sociophobian - 4 years ago
Hello, I am loving these vids! I am planning to drill a 40 breeder such as your own, what overflow should I use and how wide should I drill the hole? Plz answer!!!!!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+Lord Tourettes There are a few different overflows on the market, but I really like this one here for 40 breeders:

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/cpr-retrofit-overflow-box-with-backing.html

Hole size will depend entirely on what size plumbing you plan on running, and the bulkheads you choose.

20. comment for Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Jeremy Michel
Jeremy Michel - 4 years ago
What was the auto top off system you added in this video? I noted you had a JBJ and upgraded to an "LO?" Or "ello " I didn't find it in a search either. Thanks.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+Jeremy Michel That would have been the discontinued Elos Osmocontroller. I would take a look at the Tunze Osmolator, I think you'll like it :)
ReptileBoy98
ReptileBoy98 - 4 years ago
hello, I'm interested in creating a freshwater sump i have Axolotls and they do not like current, how strong of a current does the returning water create?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
+ReptileBoy98 It will highly depend on the pump you choose to go with. I would pick a pump that meets your head pressure demands, and install a ball valve on it's output so you can control the flow.
Mr JackBurton
Mr JackBurton - 5 years ago
I will be drilling my new 90 gallon and doing this same setup as this video. what size drain hole will be the best for a 90 gallon?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Mr JackBurton Personally I like to shoot for 1 inch drains and 3/4" returns. :) It will depend on the drain setup you want to go with and the flow you plan on running though.
David Lefeber
David Lefeber - 5 years ago
do you guys have a video on plumbing the tank on the bottom of the tank
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+David Lefeber It's a good idea, and something we could cover in the future. I'll add it to our ideas list. :) Thanks!
David Lefeber
David Lefeber - 5 years ago
You guys should do one I love your guys videos a lot I have learned so much from u guys and I love the new week video of the tank I always look forward to watching them on friday highlight of my day lol. But plzz make on keep rocking on guys
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+David Lefeber Unfortunately not from the bottom, but the concept from this video can apply to that application. Feel free to give us a call at 763,432,9691 as well if you'd like to chat about it. :)
Gobble DGuk
Gobble DGuk - 5 years ago
I am setting up a tank with these videos and they are awesome. Is anyone else missing Ep 7 and Ep 9 of this series? There are two Ep 5s but I do not see 7 & 9. Thanks much for any guidance.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
Ismail Sayeed
Ismail Sayeed - 5 years ago
Great video... can you please put up a new video showing exactly how you did the plumbing for a tank like this in full detail. What parts would I need to buy and links with sku#. Thanks and keep up the great work :)
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Ismail Sayeed Shoot us an email at support@bulkreefsupply.com and we can get you helped out. Keep in mind everyone's plumbing situation will be different.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Listat De Lioncourt - For your 57 gallon tank I would recommend around 570 gallons per hour. You should be able to handle that with a 3/4" main drain, a 3/4" emergency drain, and a 3/4" return. Check with your tank manufacturer before you drill into the bottom of the tank since the bottoms are often tempered glass and cannot be drilled.
Listat De Lioncourt
Listat De Lioncourt - 5 years ago
can i ask what is the diameter of over flow pipe to use in my tank i am new to this
i dont want hang in the back overflow i want drill the bottom
and the return will be over the tank through 2 return pips with a Y splitting
its a 3 feet by 1.6 feet by 1.6 feet tank
i will use a sump refug and i want to have mix tank LBS and Soft coral tank
plz advise what diameter the pipe for inflow and outflow
and your recommendation for flow rate

i am sorry to ask so many but i need help
Jason Xu
Jason Xu - 5 years ago
Anthias in a 40?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Jason Xu They've been with me for a few years now actually! They are really cool fish.
5K VENOM
5K VENOM - 5 years ago
I like hang on over flows because I don't want to drill my tank an it's a lot easier
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Nasty Snipes That is a good advantage indeed. I personally am still partial to permanently installed internal ones, but to each their own. :)

30. comment for Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

David Koo
David Koo - 5 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom  Maybe I missed it, but do you have a link for the auto top off system?
Bob Escher
Bob Escher - 5 years ago
I know this video is old but isn't the overflow low in the tank? Aren't you losing two or three gallons just because the overflow sits so low?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Bob Escher We may be losing a gallon or two unfortunately, but it's up against the trim and as high as we could put it :)
YOUSIYC7
YOUSIYC7 - 5 years ago
Question, can't I just use two U-Tube aquarium return with adjustable nozzles, one as an overflow connected to flex tubing straight to my sump and the other as a return to my tank? The u-tube used as the overflow will have a hole drilled with a check valve that connects to a pump in the middle of the u part that hangs over the tank edge to suck out air and allow the water to flow down to sump. To me the purpose of the sump is to remove all eyesore, bulky equipment that takes away from the beauty of the tank, so placing a black box in the tank or a hang on back overflow defeats the purpose of all that work, I just want one small, not too noticeable tube sucking water out to my sump and another small tube returning water to my tank. Please let me know your thoughts on this idea. Thanks.   ;)
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+YOUSIYC7 It's possible, but I would personally avoid doing so.  If the power were ever to go out, or if you had a pump failure the drain would continue to siphon and you might end up overflowing your sump.  With that being said I have seen a few freshwater planted tanks if I remember correctly that run off this premise.  For safety I would recommend an overflow box however.  
Luis Rodas
Luis Rodas - 5 years ago
+Bulk Reef Supply What type of fish do you have in this tank? Is this a 40g tank?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Luis Rodas No problem!
Luis Rodas
Luis Rodas - 5 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom Thanks. 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Luis Rodas Yup, it is a 40 gallon breeder.  We had Lyretail anthias,  some clowns, and a pair of firefish back then.  When we transferred everything from this tank to the new 70 gallon, the majority of these fish came with.  :)
George Scott
George Scott - 5 years ago
You hi great video just a quick question, how do I figure out what the gph on the pipes and the overflow box. Also do I have to match the return gph to the overflow gph? Thanks
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+george scott No problem!
George Scott
George Scott - 5 years ago
Thank you very much this helped alot :D
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+george scott Generally matching the return flow to the overflow rating is a best practice, however I have found that going a little above the rating doesn't have much of a negative effect.  For plumbing there are various flow calculators you can use that will factor in flow and give you a recommended plumbing size. The easiest way to figure out the rating of your overflow box is to contact the manufacturer of your tank/overflow box.  :)
MattsFishTanks
MattsFishTanks - 5 years ago
im extremely interested in doing this whole setup! i want the sump with that plumbing and valves and everything even the protein skimmer can you give me a link to all the products i am having a hard time on your site to know what little pieces i need
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+MattsFishTanks I don't have a list at the moment, however if you'd like to give our customer support team a call or email (763.432.9691/support@bulkreefsupply.com) I believe they may have a list.  :)
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Kathryn Enfield Short of purchasing a tank with prebuilt overflows (or a drillable tank) and replacing your current one, your best bet would be an external hang on overflow box.  :)
Nonito Badong
Nonito Badong - 4 years ago
BulkReefSupplyCom Thank you so much for the advice. I really do appreciate it. It just made me wonder how this very soft black trim contribute to the integrity of this 40g breeder.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
Honestly I'm not sure I would trust it. At that point I would probably recommend going custom.
Nonito Badong
Nonito Badong - 4 years ago
BulkReefSupplyCom but if i eurobrace it do you think it would work.? I am not planning to remove to black rim brace on the bottom just the one on top. I am just betting on your videos from drilling the tank up to installing the overflow. Thanks.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 4 years ago
No, I wouldn't recommend it. On most tanks the rim offers some structural support, and covers the sharp unpolished glass edges to prevent injury.
Nonito Badong
Nonito Badong - 4 years ago
BulkReefSupplyCom is it ok to make the 40b rimless?
Kathryn Enfield
Kathryn Enfield - 5 years ago
My tank can't be drilled. It is safety glass. Any ideas how to get the water to the sump without the box on the back?
Sonia Pennington
Sonia Pennington - 5 years ago
Wow! I've had an interest in aquariums for years and I've always wanted a reef, but a lot of the stuff I read and looked up really just went over my head. After watching these I've got a much, much better understanding of what I'm doing. I'm going to start with a 40 gallon tank too, but from there I'm hoping I can one day have my "Dream tank" which will essentially be a huge wall of nothing but reef.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Sonia Pennington Awesome!  Glad we could help.  
Dominic Vanacore
Dominic Vanacore - 5 years ago
Well thank you for those realistic numbers. I do love the saltwater setup and fish much more than freshwater. So i will definately keep it in mind as a budget and cost. Thank you
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Dominic Vanacore No problem!
Dominic Vanacore
Dominic Vanacore - 5 years ago
so as a beginner with little to no experience, i watched all the videos consecutively in one sitting only to realize that starting at this point, might be the higher initial startup cost but it seems that going this route from  the start is actually less of a hassle. i mean i really want to get my own saltwater tank one day, and the more i think about it, i just feel it pays off to start with a sump from the start. i also feel keeping things organized and clean and out of the way, is just the most aesthetically pleasing, i mean thats the point of the hobby right? the joy of seeing the beauty of the tank from every angle? as far as costs, starting here with the sump and the reefkeeper and all the gadgets and do dads, what should i look to spend with like a 60 gallon tank? not including livestock as i would prefer to have sand coral aneneme a couple clown and some finding nemo fish.. i mean i would like a realistic number...and one other number, what would be an expected monthly cost of such a setup?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Dominic Vanacore Absolutely. In my humble opinion starting with a sump if you have room/budget will save you money in the long run.  Some beginners will buy a tank with a ton of hang-on equipment only to find out they love the hobby and end up spending more money to upgrade to a sump later on.  Cost is very hard to estimate since everyone will have different setups, budgets, and preferences.  If I had to guesstimate that setup could cost anywhere from $1000 to upwards of $3000 for that tank, and a monthly cost of around $40-100+.  
Isaiah Furrow
Isaiah Furrow - 5 years ago
You guys should totally do a video/series on "low tech" beginner tank setups.  I'm debating doing a sump with a 40 Breeder under my 50G tank.  I'm hoping to work out a way to keep from adding baffles to the tank, so that it can be just a 40G tank below the 50G tank, not a traditional sump.  This would allow me to only have powerheads and an overflow and return in the display, while moving filters, heaters, etc. all to the lower tank.  This lower tank would be basically just a refugium for organisms that don't coexist well in the main tank, or fish that end up needing separated(I hope to not have this problem).  I'm working on ideas on how to handle the inlet from the overflow box, and I think that I will place the return pump onto a platform near the top rear corner of the sump tank.  If my power ever goes out, or the siphon breaks, there will be sufficient room in either tank for the amount of water that will flow "one-way".   This will take a little bit of trial and error, with the height of the platform, and the water level of the display tank, and with a safety hole drilled into the return to prevent siphoning back down through the pump.  I may look into putting a check valve into that side of the plumbing as well.   I think that I will be able to make this work, without anty baffles or drilling, and so that the 40Breeder could always be used as a normal aquarium in the future.  As of right now I'm working on the stand for the two tanks, and they'll just be 2 separate systems for a while.  Let me know if you guys think this is workable.  Lastly, I hope to be ordering a RO unit from you guys after the new year, so that my water is just that much better to start with.  Do you think that by mixing my reef crystals with RO instead of well water, and doing regular water changes, that I will be able to keep a reef tank without a skimmer?  I've been using HOB filters, circulation, lots of rock, and water changes with success up to this point, but I'm moving beyond FOWLR now and hope to start keeping mushrooms, zoanthids, xenia, and other hardy specimens.  Lighting is 4 bulb T5HO with a single reflector, and I don't plan to get anything better until LED becomes more affordable.  Fish I have or are on my list include: 2x Clownfish, Chalk Bass, Royal Gramma, Coral Beauty Angelfish, and a Sapphire Blue Damsel.  I may eventually look into a goby or blenny and possibly a firefish, but for now those are the 6 fish I hope to have in the display.  Any input would be most welcomed.... Happy Holidays
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Isaiah Furrow Oh gotcha!  That makes sense  :)  No problem!
Isaiah Furrow
Isaiah Furrow - 5 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom By putting the return pump on a platform, I mean to elevate the pump near the top of the tank, so that it will run dry before the display above overflows, in case of a failure with the siphon overflow box.  Thanks for your replies.   
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Isaiah Furrow Ok, very cool!  I'm not too sure on what you mean by putting the pump on a platform, but as far as running the sump without baffles go that is totally fine.  Just keep in mind that as your water evaporates, your entire sump level will drop.  You will want to use a good ATO to prevent that.  

Doing regular weekly water changes may be enough to keep your nitrates and phosphates low, but it is really tough to say since there are so many different factors (what is fed, how often, your clean up crew, general maintenance habits, and amount of fish).  You could always start the tank without a skimmer, and then eventually purchase one later on if need be.  Happy Holidays to you as well!
Drew Merritt
Drew Merritt - 5 years ago
what is that intake valve you have running on the proflex
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 5 years ago
+Drew Merritt Spears gate valve 
ergonsalves
ergonsalves - 6 years ago
Hey BRS!  Love the vids.  I am looking to upgrade my tank and really got interested in this video.  I want to try to replicate this tank's overflow and return.  I was wondering with this 40g breeder what size are the bulkheads you're using?  thanks
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+ergonsalves Thanks, let us know how it goes :)
ergonsalves
ergonsalves - 6 years ago
Thanks for the help!  I'll post the build and give the cred where it's due
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+ergonsalves I am pretty sure they were 1" 
Andrew Lucfr
Andrew Lucfr - 6 years ago
I really wanted a sump for my fowlr. Canister filter is more work and a hassle to clean. I'm just scared of flooding my floor if I switch to a sump. 
Andrew Lucfr
Andrew Lucfr - 6 years ago
...and nitrates factory. :D ill switch to sump if i get a bigger tank. My current tank cabinet is designed for looks, so a space for a sump filter is super limited. 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Andrew Lucfr canisters can leak. Always something to worry about :)
Christina Chornomud
Christina Chornomud - 6 years ago
It would have been nice for you to actually show how you set the pump up which is kind of the title of your video.  Nice tank though!
Christina Chornomud
Christina Chornomud - 6 years ago
Thanks! I bet you guys do great work!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Christina Chornomud Good point, this video was shot a few years ago and we have come a long way :)
Delta Gaming
Delta Gaming - 6 years ago
If the Sump Pump is mounted at the correct level then there is no risk of overflow of the primary tank if a loss of siphon ever occurs.
Tommy Ledge
Tommy Ledge - 6 years ago
Exactly, Always mount your pump almost as high as you can for both overflow protection and decreased head and better efficiency. Better to have to just replace a burnt out pump than have to replace the pump AND your floor ;)
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Delta Gaming Yeah, really depends on the installation. 
luis jimenez
luis jimenez - 6 years ago
I would love to buy a aquarium like the one you have at the beginning of the video with a overflow box like it and siphon stopper too.can you guys make a 55 gallon aquarium like it and sell it to me?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+luis jimenez Sorry we don't make tanks. Try Reef Savvy : )
armyb0y18
armyb0y18 - 6 years ago
Can we have a parts list added to the videos up to this point?  I would like to start a 100g tank, and really enjoy this series.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+armyb0y18
I recently moved so everything actually got moved to the Reef Savvy tank at the office.  You can see a bit of that right here:
BRS Reef Savvy Tank Upgrade: EP 11 -- How to Start a Saltwater Aquarium
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+armyb0y18 Each tank is really different so the actual parts list wouldn't be likely to apply.  That said, give our customer service guys a ring at 763-432-9691 and I am sure they can get you the exact parts you need for your tank.  You can email them too at questions@bulkreefsupply.com 
armyb0y18
armyb0y18 - 6 years ago
Also can we have an update on the tank at your house?
Barry Hibbett
Barry Hibbett - 6 years ago
I am planning to purchase a new tank setup using a sump for the first time, I really love a particular aquarium and cabinet but the overflow weir only comes with 1 hole.  Should I avoid this as I don't think I'll be able to get this changed, my other option is not nearly as nice but comes with 3 holes (return also), Is there anywhere I can find out about these 2 different methods.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Barry Hibbett  Just glad we could help! Your kind words make it worth doing :)
Barry Hibbett
Barry Hibbett - 6 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom Thanks guys, and not just for this reply but also for the many video's you do, without these I'm not sure I would be brave enough to attempt such a complicated but beautiful hobby.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Barry Hibbett I personally would go with the latter.  No downside to having the third return hole also drilled :)  Then you can use the two drain holes to setup this method which is much quieter then a single drain.

50. comment for Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Elliott Ong
Elliott Ong - 6 years ago
Hi what can i keep in a 2.5 gallon salt water tank
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Elliott Ong Welcome to the hobby!  I would look for something like a 16g Nuvo tank, or similar.  The extra few gallons of water will make your life a lot easier and it will actually be able to support a couple of fish then :)
Elliott Ong
Elliott Ong - 6 years ago
It's my first salt water tank I have quite a few freshwater tanks and know how to keep fish just not salt water fish
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Elliott Ong Very few things unfortunately. A couple of easy to keep corals would be ok as well as a few invertebrates like a shrimp.  If it is your first tank though I would really start with something a bit larger.  Something like 15-20g at a minimum.  Very small tanks tend to be very hard to manage because the parameters can change very quickly.
Bryan Trevino
Bryan Trevino - 6 years ago
Great videos and tips thank you so much, I'm a beginner these videos have helped tremendously. 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Bryan Trevino Glad we could help! Good luck with the new tank build, how big of one are you putting together?
gary smith
gary smith - 6 years ago
feck me you two are boring liven up your posts i had a wank half way through to liven it up a bit
KYfishguy
KYfishguy - 6 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom
lol
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+gary audley lol, atleast you got some exercise.  Be sure to check out the new videos though, production value has gone up a bit over the years :)
Luis Romera
Luis Romera - 6 years ago
How many livestock did you have in there, and what are the dimensions of the tank? how many gallons? was it overstocked? thinking of adding anthias in my 50 gallons.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Luis Renee Romera Given the size of the tank, I personally wouldn't add much more in the way of fish.
Luis Romera
Luis Romera - 6 years ago
+BulkReefSupplyCom Thanks for the reply. I have a pair of ocellaris, couple of green chromis and one six line wrasse. Do you think I can still add a couple of lyretail or dispar in a 36 x 18 x 18 with a 28 gallon sump? 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Luis Renee Romera This tank didn't have much more then a pair of clownfish and a couple of anthias.  It was on the high side of stocking levels but I wouldn't call it overstocked.  It is a standard 40breeder tank which is about 3ft long, 18" tall and 18" deep. 
Orson Lee
Orson Lee - 6 years ago
I wish you would have shown the setup for the sump and overflow in this video
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Orson Lee This video might be more what you were looking for?
How To: Installing an internal aquarium overflow and drilling holes in glass aquariums
Arrash Darban
Arrash Darban - 6 years ago
You're videos are awesome. I'm considering doing a 55 gallon tank with a similar set up to this video, but I honestly have no clue what I would need to do for the plumbing. What size Bulk Heads, piping, overflow, and anything else would you recommend me? Are there any kits available where I can purchase everything I would need at once?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Arrash Darban Thanks for the kind words.  Really with a 55g tank you could treat it basically the same as this 40breeder as it won't make much difference.  You won't find much in the way of kits because every setup is different, but once you get the hang of it, its pretty easy.  Tank that size I would use 3/4" bulkheads would could be as simple as a 3/4" thread x thread bulkhead and a male thread x barb 3/4" fitting screwed into it.  From there you would put on a piece of 3/4" vinyl tubing and your done!  I personally prefer the slightly more complicated setup like the one in the video though as it will be a lot quieter.
Travis Phillips
Travis Phillips - 6 years ago
I've got the same proflex sump with a Coralife protein skimmer for my bottom drilled, overflow aquarium. Can you do a video recommend the best way to plumb all this together. Its a 75G tank.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Travis Phillips I wish we could but the schedule is out pretty far right now. Do you have a particular question I could help with?
Aundre Hill
Aundre Hill - 6 years ago
Question were all the bulkheads for the drain and return 3/4.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Aundre Hill Yup, In this particular setup they were.
CS
CS - 6 years ago
Hello BRS, I am a beginner and will set up a 75 gallon aquarium.  I want to install the biggest sump possible.  A proflex model 4 sump will just fit in the stand with 8.6 inches of length to spare.  Will this work, or will I need more free space in the stand?  Should I downgrade to the model 3? Thanks!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+cstorvold Generally your logic of the bigger sump the better is what I would suggest.  6" of extra room seems plenty fine unless you know of something particularly large that has to sit outside of it. Usually its just a couple of dosing jugs or similar which should fit fine.
TheAngry Fishman
TheAngry Fishman - 6 years ago
Great vid
zekal23
zekal23 - 6 years ago
What size bulkhead did you use in your 40 gal tank? 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+zekal23 3/4" 
Wesley Leggett
Wesley Leggett - 6 years ago
What size/brand is this overflow box? looking to do a similar system but having trouble finding a deep enough overflow box
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Wesley Leggett I believe it was this one: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/aquarium-overflow-700-gph-overflow-box.html - though its kind of a tight fit so I personally prefer the 1200gph if you're going to do a herbie setup, its just more room to work with.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/aquarium-overflow-1200-gph-overflow-box.html
TheProgrammingHuskyMC
TheProgrammingHuskyMC - 6 years ago
Litt mye snakking
Liam Mclean
Liam Mclean - 6 years ago
no wayy.
way.
haha gotta love wayne and garth altho garths not the same with the haircut that suck kut really does suck. 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Liam Mclean party on ;)
Ryan Siegel
Ryan Siegel - 6 years ago
Which overflow are you guys using in this video? I'm trying to replicate a very similar herbie for my 35 rimless tank using products from your website. Would you guys be able to help me if I contact you?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+Ryan Siegel yeah we can help you out, give us call 763-432-9691 or email support@bulkreefsupply.com
ploopsies
ploopsies - 6 years ago
If I have a 110 gallon aquarium that 5 feet long and planning on doing a reef tank with the herbie overflow. I want to do a 2 inch piping all around. Should the emergency or return be smaller piping or stick with 2 inch all around?  
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+ploopsies 2" is pretty huge, so it would work, but must folks would do a smaller main return and a larger emergency return if they had the room.With a tank that size, you could likely get by just fine with 1" and 1.5" drains (unless your putting some sort of gigantic pump on it).
Drum4Life
Drum4Life - 6 years ago
i would love to try this on my own 40gal but im scared that it will leak afer drilling the holes and my tank is ruined. im so used to using the hang-on back overflow by eshops but i like the clean look of the enternal ones though.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+najeezy91 It looks scary but honestly it's pretty simple and easy to do :) 
Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson - 6 years ago
I have a 150g tall tank 48x24x31. Can the drain holes be drilled lower and utilize a corner full length overflow that goes to the bottom?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+DCshadowdiver You'd have a pretty tough time finding a corner overflow but in theory you could. Make sure to check all the normal concerns, tempered glass, etc., but honestly, there isn't any real benefit to that and it just takes up more space 
DiReef
DiReef - 6 years ago
What size tank and how many anthias?
DiReef
DiReef - 6 years ago
ok thanks +BulkReefSupplyCom 
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 6 years ago
+DiReef It's a 40G Breeder tank, I believe there were 5 anthias.
tacomahnster
tacomahnster - 6 years ago
I have to admit, I was really intimidated by all of the plumbing/drilling involved with this, but you guys have made it seem fairly straightforward! Thanks
Jon Kinsman
Jon Kinsman - 6 years ago
Is there any way I could get a parts list from this video? I have a 40 gallon breeder and this is by far the cleanest set up I've seen and I'm basically trying to replicate it. 
Wayne Allen
Wayne Allen - 7 years ago
Wouldn't it be best on outside though
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
+Wayne Allen It depends on the bulkhead but the fitting/pipe always goes on the inside of the bulkhead.
 
The threads on the outside of the bulkheads only exist for the bulkhead nut, you can't attach any plumbing to them. If you get a slip bulkhead, you can glue a pipe right to the inside. If you get a threaded bulkhead, then you can use a threaded fitting (like a male pipe adapter, etc.) but all plumbing connections are on the inside. Threaded female if its a threaded bulkhead, a slip connection on a slip bulkhead - same as really any other plumbing fitting, an elbow, a union, a valve, etc
Wayne Allen
Wayne Allen - 7 years ago
Hi there .... If you can't fix nothing to the threaded part of bulk head how did you fit the 2 elbows on back ?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
you can thread or glue to the inside, just not the outside : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
Check valves can fail, we suggest using them in areas where if they fail its not going to cause major disaster. For example, using them on your return lines for return pump because its more convenient but you should still make sure there is enough room in your sump to handle the water draining should you need it
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
As for drilling, wherever it is convenient. Keep in mind how you want to lay out your rock and put it where it will be out of the way.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
If you have a threaded bulkhead with a threaded fitting going into it, that would need teflon tape. If you're referring to the bulkhead nut that holds the bulkhead to the glass, don't use teflon tape.
Vince Scipione
Vince Scipione - 7 years ago
Would you guys suggest to use teflon tape on the threads of the bulkhead just as a precaution, also where would you suggest to drill the holes to mount the box. I see you have it off to one side. or would in the middle be a cleaner look? Thanks!
Billy Bob
Billy Bob - 7 years ago
sorry for the late question, but can your 1" output really handle a 1" input? I know that whatever is going in, you have to double that going out.......so if i have a similar design like yours, will the water constantly going to the back up bulkhead output?
Remington Williams
Remington Williams - 7 years ago
I found it on my ipad at home np but work comp was hiding them lol
Poh Ean Dennis
Poh Ean Dennis - 7 years ago
Do you sell the same gate valve displayed on the aqueon fuge? looks like a 90 elbow attached on one side and a 90 barb?
Remington Williams
Remington Williams - 7 years ago
where can i find the next video; this series is awesome and i have trouble finding the playlist on your youtube page
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
I think it was two 1"
Poh Ean Dennis
Poh Ean Dennis - 7 years ago
Are using 1" bulkheads? 2 bulkheads inside the overflow box,would have to be a 1200 gph box?
Futai Shih
Futai Shih - 7 years ago
Where can I buy a check valve for a 1 inch pvc pipe
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
Honestly It has been so long it is hard to remember but that sounds right. If i had the tank at the office I would check but it isn't here : (
jsticks177
jsticks177 - 7 years ago
What size overflow did you use in the 40 breeder? Is that the 700gph. I am building a 40 set up also and I would like the 2 bulkhead overflow option but i would like to know if 2 bulkheads will fit before i buy it. Thanks
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
that sump is pretty flexible. it will work with most installs I can think of.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
sorry it has been a couple years since we did this I don't remember some of the smaller details like that. It is pretty easy to measure out.
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
Thanks!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
ya i think that's what it was. I have since changed it out with a vertex omega 150 and I can tell you it is night and day ....
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
The differences are just whether you glue or screw the fitting in. Which one you want will be entirely up to how you plan on plumbing the tank.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
the bulkhead will depend on if you use a sch 80 bulkhead or black abs. The website is correct so I would trust that : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
honestly I don't use that so It is hard to say. If it is for biological filtration id say never
Tom Bivona
Tom Bivona - 7 years ago
What was the issue with the sump not working with the drilled overflows? I was about to buy the proflex sump but will build my own if it will not work with drilled overflows.
BlowingOffSteam1
BlowingOffSteam1 - 7 years ago
What is the spacing for the 2 bulkheads on the back?
Jack .Stravinsky
Jack .Stravinsky - 7 years ago
What type of skimmer do you have in there? Bubble Mayus 9AC7 ????
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
Also, which type of bulkhead would you recommend I use. On your website you have many different types of black ABS bulkheads. I know you kind of explained this in a past video, but what are the main differences between slip x slip, thread x thread, thread x slip(thread on the flange/head side), and slip x thread(slip on the flange/head side), and could you please recommend one? Thank you.
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
Thank you. I also have a follow up question. On your website you have many different size diamond coated drill bits. Since 30mm is an inch I would think For a 1"overflow i would get the 30mm drill bit and a 1" bulkhead, but on your website, it says that for a 30mm drill bit, you use a 1/2" bulkhead. Could you tell me what size drill bit I need to get for a 1" overflow where water is flowing through a 1" pipe like in yours. Also, could you tell me the same for a 3/4" return. Thank you.
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
Thank you.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
I always use 3/4" loc-line. It is too bad it doesn't have all the options 1/2" does

100. comment for Adding a Sump and overflows to our Reef Tank -- Ep:6 How to set up a saltwater aquarium

BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
It has been a while since we did this video but I think it is 1" overflows and a 3/4" return with standard black bulkheads.
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
I was also wondering what size loc line you are using. Thank you.
Kalyan E
Kalyan E - 7 years ago
Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me what brs bukheads you are using. Also, what size tubing are you using to take the water from the overflow to the sump, and what size tubing are you using for the return line? Finally, could you tell me what size and type of bulkhead you are using for the return line? I am trying to start a 40 gallon reef tank like this one and your reply will be very helpful. Thank you.
eddie larena
eddie larena - 7 years ago
Hi there: when i need change my ceramic filter in my Nano jbl28 gl?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
we don't have a video for that but id like to add one : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
Detailed "how to" videos are coming. We are laying the informational groundwork now with that too follow.
Alexis Yenaiv Hernandez
Alexis Yenaiv Hernandez - 7 years ago
i love your information however i was looking for the actual hands on, do you have any other videos that shows the step by step methods?
Paul De La Mora
Paul De La Mora - 7 years ago
what size holes would you recommend on drilling a 40 gallon breeder tank? using a ocean runner 2500 as return
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
depends on the return pump but and 1" to 1 1/2" on a 75
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
We used nylobraid tube to connect the sump to the tank
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
Ill add that to the list of requests : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 7 years ago
I will build my own stand on the next tank for sure. Stock stands are the worst!
Beetlesgonefishin
Beetlesgonefishin - 7 years ago
I think a sump is a good idea,you can run a more efficient skimmer and it will increase the water volume of your system and that will help keep water params stable which is critical in smaller tanks
trnfan1
trnfan1 - 7 years ago
what size holes would you recommend on drilling a 55 or 75 gallon tank?
trnfan1
trnfan1 - 7 years ago
where n how does that back up overflow get connected to?
Aqua Man
Aqua Man - 7 years ago
When will you post the entire BRS song? I'm tired of playing the first few seconds of your videos over and over.
strata g
strata g - 7 years ago
ha you 2 are awesome, I wont to pay for you too come over too the UK and set up mine, we can get royaly baked and play some pool in the lunch break :-D
UnsecurePk
UnsecurePk - 7 years ago
I know you answered a similar question but im running a 64 litre 14uk gallon 16 us gallon tank and wondered whether you recommend a sump or not for such a small tank
Antonio Navarro
Antonio Navarro - 7 years ago
how much ?
Antonio Navarro
Antonio Navarro - 7 years ago
greet job you guy's emaile at navarro.antonio@yahoo.com or call me at 347 371 6471 thanks sooooo much
Tom Luu
Tom Luu - 7 years ago
how much is that overflow box? or what is the name of that item on your website?
gtariman03
gtariman03 - 7 years ago
They're called Reef Ready Aquariums. A lot more expensive than buying a tank, an overflow box, drill bit, and bulkheads. But of course it's safer because you won't have to risk your tank glass from cracking. If you don't want to spend about 100-200 dollars more, then I'd do some research on how to safely drill glass.
Cory
Cory - 7 years ago
I was really hoping the you would have went more in depth with how the sump was hooked up, what part came before what part and where the water went from there. In the video you just showed the completed setup.
charlie farthing
charlie farthing - 7 years ago
how much weed dose you m8 smoke before doing these vids he looks so stoned :)
TheSaltwaterfishguy
TheSaltwaterfishguy - 7 years ago
What model of proflex is that?
Tyler Wheatley
Tyler Wheatley - 7 years ago
I want to buy a 50 gallon aquarium and make it saltwater to add reefs and make it look good is the sump needed? or could I use a regular hang on the back filter and or power head?
Ashley Creel
Ashley Creel - 7 years ago
What size pipe did you use for the intake and out??
dj201199
dj201199 - 7 years ago
Does a 55 gallon tank have tempered glass, on the sides?
Krikit954
Krikit954 - 7 years ago
Would love to see a do it yourself sump series.
Saltwater Tank
Saltwater Tank - 7 years ago
What the name of the protein skimmer it's too fast on the video
kendrid
kendrid - 7 years ago
Mix the salt and water before adding it to your tank/sump.
Daniel Guzman
Daniel Guzman - 7 years ago
Hi guys! You really are pro in this hobby. I'm about to put a sump in my 30gal tank. So you guys pre mix the salt water and add all that sump water volume without making the cycling process? Or you have that water cycling before, plz answer me I need to know if only mix the water and add it or what...
theturtleman09
theturtleman09 - 7 years ago
where can i get one of those returns where you drill the tank i did not see them on you site?
Rob Fern
Rob Fern - 7 years ago
Yeah! I want one too
Rob Fern
Rob Fern - 7 years ago
did you paint the back of the tank? What did you use? Any videos on this? Thanks. Subscribed.
twisto
twisto - 7 years ago
it is better to drill in the back of the tank or the bottom of the tank?
Dan Goheen
Dan Goheen - 7 years ago
this is great info do you have any videos like this on fresh water
Phillip Walters
Phillip Walters - 7 years ago
What kind of hang on equipment?? and did you have corals? Please answer as soon as possible when you get the chance
Phillip Walters
Phillip Walters - 7 years ago
@BulkReefSupplyCom hey guys I've kept a freshwater tank for a while, and my lfs tells me that saltwater tanks can use hang on filters and less water changes. Is this true? he suggested buying the saltwater sand for the ph and he said the water here was naturally hard enough from the tap for the tank. Do I really need the sump? what size of hang on filter would I use for a 55 gallon or 70 gallon aquarium? and just fish or could i have some really hardy coral to?
Milos Stevanovic
Milos Stevanovic - 7 years ago
I like these guys, they are cool.
Brian winterburn
Brian winterburn - 7 years ago
Hi what size bulkhead is best for return and also were do i find the return.black thing thats in.the tank? carnt find them.anywere
RichardMrWood
RichardMrWood - 7 years ago
thank you
Letzki
Letzki - 7 years ago
hi guys, I love your videos and they are very informative, can u please make a video on how to make a diy sump , I know it depends on which design but I will like to knmow the basics ,
Maltfalc
Maltfalc - 8 years ago
there's no risk to using a hang on overflow if the pump in the sump is set up so that it loses suction when the water level drops in the sump.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
thanks : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
I personally had a really successful 90 gallon with just hang on equipment. A sump just hides everything and makes it easier.
AquariumsbyZero
AquariumsbyZero - 8 years ago
Nice video, very informative.
nessa6565
nessa6565 - 8 years ago
i dont even plan on using a sump or adding one as im a beginner with fresh water but still got hooked into this video. great work. if you could do a few videos on canister filters that would be awesome.
THE9LOL7ABLE
THE9LOL7ABLE - 8 years ago
Wouldn't the siphon part drain all of the water to the sump? Say if the pump didn't pump enough water out of the sump would the sump overflow? Or if the pump is too powerful, would it completely drain the sump and the pump would bun out leading to water being drained out of the sump? Please help I have no idea what im doing!
Fragtank
Fragtank - 8 years ago
really good, basic, down to earth information! koodos to you guys! on another note, feel free to check out my 180g reef tank on my channel. I did everything myself under 500$.... proving you can do it cheaper than buying new... i also have a frag system and videos of that as well!! thanks
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
i'm not sure but i think it was the 2000 or 3000
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
it did start to add up but it turned out well : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
depends on your feeding habits and live stock. Best thing to do is to change them every day so you can get the fish poo and uneaten food out before it breaks down. Not many people do it that often because it is a pain. If you could swap them a couple times a weak you would be be doing better than most.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
Stocking levels you see on the net are really just guidelines. It’s really about making sure your live stock selection has the appropriate amount of habitat for its species so they are not constantly fighting over it. While there is a healthy amount of fish in this tank very few of them share the same habitat or natural food sources so they get along very well. After that is just about water quality. More fish means better filtration and maintenance habits.
guidedbyechoes
guidedbyechoes - 8 years ago
Isn't your tank very over stocked?
Robert Smyth
Robert Smyth - 8 years ago
Great Video as always guys. I'm looking at the Aqueon ProFlex Sump Filtration System Model 4 and I wanted to get your opinion on how often will I need to replace/clean the filter socks?
justinj27
justinj27 - 8 years ago
which size ehiem did you end up using?
SickWickedClown
SickWickedClown - 8 years ago
Yep it was that simple everything doing great
SickWickedClown
SickWickedClown - 8 years ago
Ok heres my question i have a new 75 gal with a pre drilled megaflow overflow build into tank im wondering how to get it to fire up for first time do i just plug in the return pump and it start to siphon or is there a more complicated method its rated at 600 gph my pump i have is rated at 850 gph is that a match or is my overflow not going to keep up and tank going to overflow onto carpet ?
Jean-Francois Prince
Jean-Francois Prince - 8 years ago
were can I get an overflow box like that
RichardMrWood
RichardMrWood - 8 years ago
ok--- i must be missing something... after all of that talk, nobody went into detail about "what a sump contains" or how to actually create one..
John Roman
John Roman - 8 years ago
with aragonite sand will the living biological bacteria from the live rock travel into the sand and make live sand i really need to know pleas my tank and wallet of cash depend on you
John Roman
John Roman - 8 years ago
with aragonite sand will the living biological bacteria from the live rock travel into the sand and make live sand
Saul Aguirre
Saul Aguirre - 8 years ago
Hey guys, have you done a DIY sump video, or are you staying with the ProFlex? Would love to check out how you guys do a custom sump, all of your videos are awesome! Specially How to set up a saltwater aquarium, I learned a lot and followed all of your steps on my 30 gallon nano aquarium!
Ryan Ong
Ryan Ong - 8 years ago
Great wife!
jalax1
jalax1 - 8 years ago
is that the 700 gph overflow box on the BRS store? i am looking to purchase it but im not sure i can fit the two bulkheads required for herbie method. I see you stacked the two bulkheads, what size are the two? Could i do that same stacked set up on my 29? PLEASE HELP
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
if you haven't already research durso's these will help with the sound.
Brizzle412
Brizzle412 - 8 years ago
how do you add the water to the tank when you build a sump? what water do you use to add for the extra volume of the tank?
Kyle Roche
Kyle Roche - 8 years ago
this helped a lot
Aqua Man
Aqua Man - 8 years ago
are there 90 degree elbows on the inside of the OF box? If so, which direction are they pointing? It appears the emergency one is pointing upwards. Thanks
The-Roost
The-Roost - 8 years ago
I have 180 gallon tank I am planning to drill for a sump. I am about to order everything and to help save some money I am looking at 1" id sized bulkheads and pipe, ect. The idea is to have 2 overflows and 1 return. I was wondering if you folks might be able to advise if 1" is a suitable id for this 180 gallon tank (freshwater). Thanks in advance!
jbridgemiii
jbridgemiii - 8 years ago
$60.00 ?!?!? Are you serious? for a little black acrylic box? Get real
hwnkirby08
hwnkirby08 - 8 years ago
so what model name for that overflow box and size of overflows. Could you just make a complete list of the items used for the overflow. I would definitely buy that overflow and equipment.
Svart Diskus
Svart Diskus - 8 years ago
very nice
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson - 8 years ago
What size lines should i run for the herbie method on a 150 gallon reef tank. Also how many return lines should i have and what size should they be?
Joseph Isola
Joseph Isola - 8 years ago
another great show here... is there a way to use the same tank if I ever wanted to add a sump after setting up the tank (and the original tank didn't have holes pre-drilled)
jbridgemiii
jbridgemiii - 8 years ago
When it comes available please let us know, I am waiting to put my order in until this item becomes available. Thanks guys! Keep the videos coming!
jbridgemiii
jbridgemiii - 8 years ago
I am going to need one too
rockpwnsu
rockpwnsu - 8 years ago
what koralia are those?
greylarge
greylarge - 8 years ago
What are the advantages of upgrading the sump to a custom sump/refugium setup versus the Proflex used in the video?
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
we got them in last week. it will take another week or so to get them into the inventory system and onto the site.
rglewis49
rglewis49 - 8 years ago
do you have the overflow box in stock yet?
jbridgemiii
jbridgemiii - 8 years ago
I wish you sold all of this plumbing(bulkheads, check valve, etc), the overflow box, and the bit in a set. I would buy it.
jbridgemiii
jbridgemiii - 8 years ago
I can't find this overflow box on your site =(
Daniel Rosenwinkel
Daniel Rosenwinkel - 8 years ago
What model proflex is that. It looks big.
Bam BonkerZ
Bam BonkerZ - 8 years ago
no offence and your videos are helpfull but what puts me off watching is the way you talk, its very monotone . I dont mean that in a offencive way but it dose seem to make the vid feel like its dragging on .
DanielGClapp
DanielGClapp - 8 years ago
@BulkReefSupplyCom Yes, I would also like the black overflow box. I would imagine they would be cheap, considering how simple they are. Pretty much just a shield for the fish
Daniel Rosenwinkel
Daniel Rosenwinkel - 8 years ago
Uggh sump.... Why you so expensive
Dom L.
Dom L. - 8 years ago
i should set up a sump for my tank
Dtgoynes
Dtgoynes - 8 years ago
What gph is that Ehiem pump?
2micaveli
2micaveli - 8 years ago
@BulkReefSupplyCom ok thank for the videos :o)
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
@hockeycrazy165 we used a thread by thread bulkhead and and a male NPT locline fitting
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
@KALZONE850 we are working on getting these in stock soon
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
@adam1885282 LOL it is true.This tank has go through more changes than any tank I have ever seen.Obviously this is done to help demonstrate a common progression path most reefers go through but this is typically over a period of years rather than months. Honestly I am happy with how will the fish and corals have adapted to the pretty much constant environment changes and I do think it is important to mention I would never recommend anyone implement this many changes this quickly
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 8 years ago
@2micaveli the water wont go below the overflow box's teeth. Most that will drain back is about a half inch of water which the sump should hold. We siliconed the black overflow box over the drain pipe.
2micaveli
2micaveli - 8 years ago
What if you have a power out in your house ? will the water keep running down in the sump and overflow that ?
adam1885282
adam1885282 - 8 years ago
Todays episode: change all the things!
hockeycrazy165
hockeycrazy165 - 8 years ago
@KALZONE850 I can't figure it out either!
KALZONE850
KALZONE850 - 8 years ago
where do i get the black box(overflow box) like you have on there?
hockeycrazy165
hockeycrazy165 - 8 years ago
Love your series! I was wondering how you got the loc-line in the bulkhead for the return line? Thanks guys. Love ordering from you!
Mike Vining
Mike Vining - 8 years ago
I noticed you went with the berlin method in your sump. I have the same sump that I am just setting up. Which method of filtration would you recommend for my setup? I have a 75 gallon with a corner overflow with the filter and return tubes in the corner of the tank behind the overflow. Your help would be greatly appriciated. Thanks and keep those videos coming.
Nick V
Nick V - 8 years ago
What model/size protein skimmer would u suggest for a 125g reef tank that I could find on your site?
musicgu7
musicgu7 - 9 years ago
At this point how much of money has gone into the tank? (not counting price of fish and live rock)
Steven Mcintyre
Steven Mcintyre - 9 years ago
what size holes did u drill?
MonkinOut
MonkinOut - 9 years ago
Yet another educational and informative video. My favorite part has to be that quick shot of the "stealth" top off water reservoir. Very cool idea. Now I may be able to sell the wife on a top off system of my own. Thanks BRS!
Michael Prochaska
Michael Prochaska - 9 years ago
I see you added sand. I was wondering if you used live sand or what kind you used?
shrimptail
shrimptail - 9 years ago
this is the most comprehensive series of videos i've ever seen on saltwater aquariums. it's nice to have 1 place to go to for all your information when you're a beginner :)
The Asteroid Blues
The Asteroid Blues - 9 years ago
Good video, that reservoir box looks great! but where's the bean animal overflow? It's quieter than a herbie and has two fail safes.
fighter7387
fighter7387 - 9 years ago
WOOP WOOP for the super jumbo tank!!!! that is how i got my wife to "agree" for me to get my 350 gallon marine tank. i made her a Nemo tank.
Alex Bautista
Alex Bautista - 9 years ago
awesome video bulkreefsupply thumbs up ;)
Aaron Nohrenberg
Aaron Nohrenberg - 9 years ago
Great series! I look forward to the up and coming episodes. Even after a handful of years of reef keeping, I can still appreciate the step by step process of building and upgrading a tank. I started out with a 40g myself and it too has undergone some large scale changes of equipment and devices. Keep up the good work. Btw, it may be nice to talk about some of the new livestock additions, such as the Helfrichi and the Anthias.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@stupidgoat It is referred to as a acrylic internal overflow box. I picked this one up from a local fish store and this is probably your best option. this question has been asked a handful of times already so for a more detailed answer you might want to check the other responses out.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@MrToony1 If you put the fuge on the back of the tank the pods won’t have to pass through the pump to get to the tank. Many species of pods will make it through the pump without harm but the long antennae species won’t. That said, I am not sure if it matters what species populates the tank. Best option might depend on the tank placement as well. For instance you might not want a hang on with a light on at night if it is in the bed room, in that case the sump would be better.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@jvin85 I have never done the beananimal but it looks like it uses a third overflow for additional safety and utilizes one for a very small amount of flow to keep things level yet still silent. Looks like it would work great but require additional space for the third hole and relatively good alignment on two of the holes. That said I have had a tremendous amount of success with the herbie which only requires two holes and success speaks for itself. Either way my guess is you would be happy.
jvin85
jvin85 - 9 years ago
Between the Beananimal and the Herbie silent flow methods, which would you suggest for people to use? Are there any particular reasons to use one vs the other? Lastly, I'm at the stage I'm ready to order a drilled aquarium, however I'm concerned about width of the pipe. How do I know how wide I need to have the piping?
truly1676
truly1676 - 9 years ago
Love the vid. Wondered if you could give a little more detail on exactly how this was plumbed, what fittings did you use. There are so many types on your sales site I simply have never plumbed before. I want as many things to be removable as possible but I'm not sure which fittings go where. Also, do you sell the black box used in this video or do you have instructions on how to make it.? 55 gal main 40 breeder seahorse 20 long ats fuge 29 tall for return,skimmer help linking with mimimal glue.
Dan98943
Dan98943 - 9 years ago
Great series! Keep it up!
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@satchfan1100 Internal overflow boxes like these are often produced and sold directly by acrylic workers, sometimes they have their own websites as well. Off hand I don't know of any because I purchase mine from a friend who owns a local fish store. In most cities one or more fish stores will drill your tank for you and have boxes like these available. We had our own supplier at one point but he stopped doing acrylic work a while ago. We may find a replacement in the future.
ReefMimic
ReefMimic - 9 years ago
Also,make sure the glass sump you drill is not tempered. There are youtube vids showing what happens when trying to drill tempered glass on accident:(
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@jwmahin1 I would use normal granules or HC if you need to fit more media in one reactor. For catbon the ROX carbon because it is the hardest. I wouldn't use lignite because it is rather soft and if there was a bit of tumbling going on by accident it could grind up..
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@satchfan1100 I would call the tank manufacture to find out. The overflow boxes can often be found at local fish stores. I would call around and see.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@NuttinSpeciaI UV sterilizers are designed to reduce the spread of disease and algae in the tank however most are what I’d call “hobby grade” and almost useless. If you want to use one it needs to be properly sized to your tank which means the proper bulb strength, flow rate and contact time. There are a couple decent brands out there, we recommend the Emperor Aquatics and I trust their tank size recommendations. They are also trusted by zoos, universities and public aquariums.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@russmaleartist Thanks your insight is appreciated. Providing customers information and products that lead to long term success is our passion. Just so happens that long term success also builds future business for us : )
DS Loop
DS Loop - 9 years ago
Another great vid. Plumbing has always been the hardest thing for me to understand so this vid helped. I was wondering if you could tell me What a UV sterilizer does? And when would it be appropriate? Thanks
jwmahin1
jwmahin1 - 9 years ago
Which Carbon and GFO combination (ie: Lignite/Pellets) do you recommend using when mixing them together as you have in this video? Great Videos. Thanks.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@tcwinsor Thanks for the kind words. We do plan on coming back to 20 + topics that were touched on in this series but not covered in entirety. I agree it would be very helpful to have complete beginning to end guides on many of these projects. Most of them are 10+ minute demos on their own so it just didn’t make a lot of sense to try and jam it in here.
tcwinsor
tcwinsor - 9 years ago
You guys should do a video on the step by step on the overflow and return set up like on the 40 breeder in this video, and then sell the components and instructions as a DIY kit. Great series by the way. very helpful.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@adjusterfrank Thanks, it really is coming along well. I think we are going to get to the fun part where we can start adding some of the cooler toys to the system : )
Frank Vadala
Frank Vadala - 9 years ago
the system looks great!! Nice work on the video! Thumbs up here.
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@mrgully95 It is certainly full. Looks more full than it is when people are standing next to it because they all flock to the center to be fed. Normally they are more spread out and it looks much more natural. Nice thing about our two rock aquascape is it is really easy to catch fish and move them to another tank. I am also 90% sure the last episode of this series will be time to upgrade to a larger tank : )
BulkReefSupplyCom
BulkReefSupplyCom - 9 years ago
@siciliancara These acrylic overflows are often found at local fish stores. I’d give a few in your area a call.
Wazir Yakim
Wazir Yakim - 9 years ago
that tank looks overstocked
snowingspoon
snowingspoon - 9 years ago
@siciliancara it is DIY Overflow if you search the beananimal's overflow you will learn about it.
BloodyItalian327
BloodyItalian327 - 9 years ago
Where did you get or how did you build that overflow?

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