Reef Tank Design Challenge

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Chicago bound!!!
Jan 17, 2004
I have had a reef tank on and off for the past 10 years. I have a lot of respect for the people who go all out and have the fuges, MH lights, etc. This may be great for those people, but I would like to create a reef that utilizes more HOB devices to show people who either don't have the space or the guts to put extra tanks underneath their primary ones. I am one of those people. Actually I am more scared of some pipe bursting and spilling water all over my wife's hardwood floors (I don't want to repeat that disaster!). So I would like to challenge you to come up with a design/specification of what you would do with these limitations. Here are some other parameters that should make this a little more interesting. :)

1) The tank is acrylic, so you have limited space to hang equipment off the back.
2) You are not allowed to drill into the tank. This should be easy for a newbie to set up.
3) External filters, such as fluvals can be used but not refuguims or sumps

Let your imagination go wild!

Ray Pollett

Well-known member
Feb 17, 2004
Blaine, WA

That is the way I set up tanks. I do not use sumps since I only see the tanks for 45 - 90 minutes every week or every other week. I use Emperor 400 HOB filters and if the customer wants a skimmer I use the Remora- C Pro with Mag 3 upgrade.

I use PC lighting. On some tanks I do use closed loop water circulation using Flexable hose and PVC over the back thru the filter slots.

I do use Magnum 350 if customers insist on canister filters, but I charge extra and warn them, most will leak sooner or later. You could not give me a Fuvals canisters.

What size tank? I will sometimes have them increase the size of the fliter slots, which also means an increase in thickness of the top piece. That also increases cost though.



Super Gobie
Jul 25, 2003
does this count. this

i guess the only thing that may fail your criteria is the fact that my chiller is in the basementn.