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So I picked up a used SW aquarium from a business where it has sat empty for a few years. 

It is a 30 gallon acrylic tank but the unusual thing is the tank, stand, and canopy are also all acrylic. Inside the tank was also a pretty thick acrylic sump as well. 

I know I am going to have a lot of work to clean it up and convert to freshwater but I just wanted to share because I have never seen a set-up like this and maybe its more common in the SW industry. 

Set-up is pretty straightforward. It has an overflow in the center that drains through the bottom to the sump below. Then it has a bulkhead for the return in the upper right corner. It also has a bulkhead in the lower left corner which I can't figure out the benefit of unless it is to drain the tank faster. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Andrew Puhr said:

So I picked up a used SW aquarium from a business where it has sat empty for a few years. 

It is a 30 gallon acrylic tank but the unusual thing is the tank, stand, and canopy are also all acrylic. Inside the tank was also a pretty thick acrylic sump as well. 

I know I am going to have a lot of work to clean it up and convert to freshwater but I just wanted to share because I have never seen a set-up like this and maybe its more common in the SW industry. 

Set-up is pretty straightforward. It has an overflow in the center that drains through the bottom to the sump below. Then it has a bulkhead for the return in the upper right corner. It also has a bulkhead in the lower left corner which I can't figure out the benefit of unless it is to drain the tank faster. 

 

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That’s interesting! Good luck getting it converted to freshwater. 

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12 hours ago, Andrew Puhr said:

So I picked up a used SW aquarium from a business where it has sat empty for a few years. 

It is a 30 gallon acrylic tank but the unusual thing is the tank, stand, and canopy are also all acrylic. Inside the tank was also a pretty thick acrylic sump as well. 

I know I am going to have a lot of work to clean it up and convert to freshwater but I just wanted to share because I have never seen a set-up like this and maybe its more common in the SW industry. 

Set-up is pretty straightforward. It has an overflow in the center that drains through the bottom to the sump below. Then it has a bulkhead for the return in the upper right corner. It also has a bulkhead in the lower left corner which I can't figure out the benefit of unless it is to drain the tank faster. 

 

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what about it is weird?

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4 minutes ago, Samanthabea said:

Maybe they had an automatic water change system? That might explain the extra holes

Pipes between tank and sump + sump overflow drain + auto water change, plus holes to route cables for heater, sump pump, protein skimmer and whatever other gizmos saltwater people use.

Seems like a pretty cool setup

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5 minutes ago, firstname-lastname said:

Pipes between tank and sump + sump overflow drain + auto water change, plus holes to route cables for heater, sump pump, protein skimmer and whatever other gizmos saltwater people use.

Seems like a pretty cool setup

Good to know there was more drilling then I thought my tank upgrade is going to have a sump all of my other stuff is just hang on the back (it's a saltwater tank)

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