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Living room tank question

Postby BigBracewell » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:19 pm

Decided to get back into fish keeping and want to put a 4ft long tank in my living room, but the one stipulation is it needs to be quiet since this is also our TV room. My last tank had a wet/dry setup that was fairly quiet but you always had the water draining noise from the HOB overflow box. If I were to get a reef ready tank with glass tops, would this be quieter since the glass would be covering the area where the water drains? Would it be better to simply sell my wet/dry and get a large eheim or something similar?
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby JeRF » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:27 pm

If you go with a reef ready tank with an internal overflow just make sure you install a Durso standpipe inside the overflow box. Build the Durso so that the water level in the overflow box is about an inch below the teeth and it will be very quiet.....although the only totally silent overflow design that I know of is the "beananimal" style overflow...which you can google....but it requires a custom design...If your sump is below the stand, there are many silent pumps to choose from, I think Eheim pumps are some of the quietest pumps available that are reasonably priced...
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby 13razorbackfan » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:54 pm

I have always preferred sump setups but usually, this is all personal preference, on larger tanks. On a 4' tank like a 75g i would consider just putting a fluval fx5 on it with a spray bar and calling it a day. Mine runs virtually silent.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby masonv » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:14 pm

My reef ready tank is pretty queit for the most part. I have durso standpipes in my 2 overflows, they work pretty nice
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby MandyBlue » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:51 pm

One thing that helps is having a good quality stand. I've found that the nicer furniture quality ones really reduce noise from filters.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby hawkkerw » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:28 am

Forgive me for this statement but I see people post this all the time and do not understand it :? You may find some filters that are much quieter than others but by its very nature water is going to make some noise when it flows. If anyone out there has a tank that is completely silent I'd love to know how they do it? Besides to me if you listen the flow of water can be good for you.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby hawkkerw » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:39 am

By the way I agree with Mandy a good stand makes a differance I have a cheap one on my 55 where I can't put the canister filter inside and it does make a differance.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby BigBracewell » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:24 pm

I decided to use my wet/dry since I already own everything I need to get it running....figured I could always buy a canister later on if its too loud. We also decided to get a 40g breeder tank because of space but I want to really make it look nice. I have 2 additional questions now.

1) With the wet/dry will I need to have an air stone in the tank? I would think the trickling through the wet/dry would airate it plenty.

2) I want to have really good lighting in the tank and was thinking of getting this light, or would it be big time overkill
http://www.hellolights.com/36inch-coral ... ure-2.aspx
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby fusion » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:39 pm

You dont need the airstone, your wet/dry will airate it plenty, i have a airsone on mine and its the only thing on the tank that makes noise but wife likes the bubbles :o

Ill leave the lighting question to others
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby GoofBoy » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:44 pm

hawkkerw wrote:Forgive me for this statement but I see people post this all the time and do not understand it :? You may find some filters that are much quieter than others but by its very nature water is going to make some noise when it flows. If anyone out there has a tank that is completely silent I'd love to know how they do it? Besides to me if you listen the flow of water can be good for you.

I only hear water from my 10g fry growout tank with an HOB filter. I only use canister filters on my larger tanks because they are silent.

Place the canister filter spraybar under the water pointing up, video proof.

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Re: Living room tank question

Postby masonv » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:48 pm

I bought the Beamswork LED lighting for my 180g and I love them. There is alot of other ppl who have them as well and most are very happy with them. They are very cheap for LED lighting.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby 13razorbackfan » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:17 pm

masonv wrote:I bought the Beamswork LED lighting for my 180g and I love them. There is alot of other ppl who have them as well and most are very happy with them. They are very cheap for LED lighting.

Mine will be here thursday....yay!
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby MonkTong » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:14 am

i hope UPS loses it ! muahahaah :D
noob in training ;)
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby 13razorbackfan » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:25 am

MonkTong wrote:i hope UPS loses it ! muahahaah :D

Hope not. Just tracked it again....scheduled for thursday. Just can't wait.
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Re: Living room tank question

Postby uarhcaz » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:42 pm

I have a 75 in my bedroom with an Eheim 2217 and it's completely silent.
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