Closed loop or no closed loop

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Ah. I didn't think there was a sump involved. When I read about it, all I learned was that it doesn't touch the air. Having trouble finding enough info on this to figure it out! Also very new to plumbing. Don't worry I will get help.
Nah, the sump is entirely separate, the closed loop is for flow, not filtering

I guess you could plumb reactors into it, but maintenance wouldnt be fun
 
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Nah, the sump is entirely separate, the closed loop is for flow, not filtering

I guess you could plumb reactors into it, but maintenance wouldnt be fun
Yeah I think instead of this I'm going to try a glass Mame overflow into a sump and hide the power heads behind rock. That was my original plan, but then I started getting curious about closed loops. I just want it to look like a glass box with a tide pool in it. Zero equipment showing.
 

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Maybe I don't get it, but how do you filter the water in a closed loop? For my next build, I don't want to see ANY equipment, but I don't understand how you'd be able to add mechanical, chemical. Etc filtration. Is it possible to add a fuge or a chaeto reactor?

Auqascaping is the best way to hide plumbing and equipment. Here's a video of one of my systems and several of a system I helped a friend set up.


Plumbing layout

Sump layout

Aquascaping
 

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Yeah I think instead of this I'm going to try a glass Mame overflow into a sump and hide the power heads behind rock. That was my original plan, but then I started getting curious about closed loops. I just want it to look like a glass box with a tide pool in it. Zero equipment showing.
Years ago I thought hiding powerheads behind my rocks was a good idea, until they started getting clogged and needed to be pulled out. Turned into a royal pita.
 
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Years ago I thought hiding powerheads behind my rocks was a good idea, until they started getting clogged and needed to be pulled out. Turned into a royal pita.

Couldn't agree with you more! :D I've seen setups where I had to leave power heads behind rocks unplugged because there was just no way to get them out without pulling half the corals and rock out.
 

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I’m running a closed loop on my 300g fowlr and I love how you can conceal the returns under rocks giving you a cleaner less cluttered look in the tank. Have pics in my build thread.
https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/my-300g-fowlr.351571/
Doesn't the return have to go at the top? Or can it go at the bottom? And then what do you do for an overflow that you can disguise? Also I'm doing a nano with this if that matters.
 

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Doesn't the return have to go at the top? Or can it go at the bottom? And then what do you do for an overflow that you can disguise? Also I'm doing a nano with this if that matters.
I’m running a closed loop on my 300g fowlr and I love how you can conceal the returns under rocks giving you a cleaner less cluttered look in the tank. Have pics in my build thread.
https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/my-300g-fowlr.351571/
Ah I just looked at your build thread. You have an opaque back....I want the whole back to be clear, like this, but ideally without the power head.

89BF1E40-EC07-4CEF-A445-241321A41FE9.png
 

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Ah I just looked at your build thread. You have an opaque back....I want the whole back to be clear, like this, but ideally without the power head.

89BF1E40-EC07-4CEF-A445-241321A41FE9.png
Yeah, my returns for my closed loop are tucked under the rocks and you can hardly see them.
 
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