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I have a 75G tank that I might be interested in converting to salt. I would like some people with more experience to chime in on the pros and cons of this. I would not have a sump at all, and maybe just a Eheim 2217 filter for filtration other than liverock. As well I would get some powerheads for circulation.

Further, if I only used the liverock and sand from my 29G biocube, would there be an issue with filtration? I would keep the bioload the same as the 29G until I add more sand and rocks at a later date.

Thanks for your input!
 

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A no sump 75 gallon is doable, there is no rule that say's you MUST have a sump. My father in law ran a 90 gallon with no sump for 20 years. But most run sumps to house the skimmer, filtration, reactors, refugium etc. Without a sump, I would recommend a Reef Octopus Hang-On-the-Back (HOB) skimmer. Depending on the bio-load, the BH100 and BH2000 are real workhorses.
You just end up with all the equipment in the tank. So plan you rock work out so that you can hide most of it.
I'd also avoid the canister filter and get 2 x nice big AquaClear 110 filters. They'll add some great surface agitation and extra flow, and maintenance is easy. Just MHO from what's worked for me in the past.
 

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I eat white dots of SALT!
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A no sump 75 gallon is doable, there is no rule that say's you MUST have a sump. My father in law ran a 90 gallon with no sump for 20 years. But most run sumps to house the skimmer, filtration, reactors, refugium etc. Without a sump, I would recommend a Reef Octopus Hang-On-the-Back (HOB) skimmer. Depending on the bio-load, the BH100 and BH2000 are real workhorses.
You just end up with all the equipment in the tank. So plan you rock work out so that you can hide most of it.
I'd also avoid the canister filter and get 2 x nice big AquaClear 110 filters. They'll add some great surface agitation and extra flow, and maintenance is easy. Just MHO from what's worked for me in the past.
makes sense, i understand.

don't do it
I was expecting you to say 75G is too small :p
 

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or put in a false wall and hide the equipment (diy AIO tank :) )

I agree with going the sump route though as any time we can add more water volume we aid the stability of our setup. I run a tank with no sump and its looks fugly with all the equipment in and on the tank.
 

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everyone i know who doesn't have a sump, wants a sump.

everyone i know who has a sump....is glad they have a sump..... lol
 

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+1 to duckhams suggestion if a sump isn't doable. I ran my 35gal reef for 5years w/a Rena XP2 canister and a Fluval4 internal filter. I did slack off regularly from changing carbon and phosguard as it was a PITA. AC HOB filters would have been easier to manage but I had to have the aquarium as close to the wall as possible.
 

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Sump or all in one is the way to go. Whatever you do, surface skimming is key!

Please don't disappoint us and most importantly yourself:(
 

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Thanks for all the input! A sump is not in the cards at the moment. Need to do that in my own house. Believe me, I want a sump and will put one in the minute i move. (plus a larger tank i hope :) )

Perhaps I will make due with the biocube for a little while longer, so I can do it right.
 
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