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    drilled Vs Non drilled..

    This has been debated on many boards..

    Lots of people say Drilled is better..

    And others say Nah.. " Drilled is only better to hide equipment"

    so what do you all say..

    i have a drilled 90.. and the only diff i notice is its about 500+$ more to set up.. then a non-drilled..

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    way to easy to answer that one. Just hiding the ugly heaters and skimmer is choice enough not to forget the added water volume and/or extra area to create a cryptic zone,more liverock and a spot to put badboys until you can sell/trade them off. A spot to float your bags when you buy stuff, extra water to help the cooling of your tank,place to put probes,add chemicals/additives so they diliute before hitting the tank and on and on. no debate over a drilled tank IMO

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    I'm confused (a normal state of mind for me):

    Is this about sump vs no sump?
    Or drilled vs external overflow?
    Keep passing the open windows!

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    I'm sure he's talking sumpless.

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    yes.. the extra 500+$ for sump and pumps lol..

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    Gotcha...then I'm going with what Johnny said!! :-)
    Keep passing the open windows!

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    Johnny, did you forget about putting macro algae in the sump for nutrient export?

    A sump doesn't have to cost $500 extra. You have to have circulation in your tank so the cost of a pump to move water from a sump to the display tank is the same as the cost of a pump to circulate water. No extra costs there. Heaters you need - either in the display tank or in the sump, so no extra costs there. I'm using an old 25 gallon aquarium for my sump (sure didn't cost $500 even new - used can be picked up for less than $50) on my 90 gallon. I put in some plexiglas dividers. I had some sitting around so there was no cost. I don't think my sump cost anything extra to set up since I had the aquarium and plexiglas already.

    Later when I added some macro algae to the sump, I bought a PC light and clamp on fixture from Home Depot - cost about $40.

    I realize you can get a nice sump, custom made with all sorts of compartments and baffles and it will probably look a lot more professional than my aquarium but they both do the same job.

    Vickie

    I just remembered - we spent about $30 for hoses, pipes, etc.

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    dam i need to learn more lol..

    this is wjhat i need to start my 90gal..

    sump
    skimmer
    plumbing
    2 maxi-jet 1200
    1 mag 5 for skimmer
    1 mag 1200 (return pump)
    bulkheads
    sand
    rock

    and then im all set lol..

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    You won't know what size of pump the skimmer needs until you get the skimmer. Check the classified ads of this and other Canadian sites. You can frequently get good deals.

    Vickie

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    Vickie,

    Which other site should i look at?

    and also thanks for the info!!

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