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    Default anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    hi all,
    looking at getting a malu reef aquarium by mako i think from Shirley aquatics, anyone had one, got one or recommend one?

    Buy Mako marine systems Malu 250 Reef Stilo walnut Online

    any pics if you have one would be fantastic!

    im looking at getting a 3ft my mother a 4ft lol
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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    Cant comment on owning one, but have seen them in Shirley aquatics a few times and they do look nice. Not sure if they are twin down pipe or single durso.

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    hi mate
    is there a big difference? would you recommend one?

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    anyone got one? surely someone must otherwise Shirley would be dumping these out the back and burning them lol
    im stuck between one of these in a 'opera walnut' (i take it that opera walnut is dark wood) or a rimless custom but with the rimless i would also need to get a pendant light, and a custom cabinet so money will start going through the roof!

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    Quote Originally Posted by bumcrumb View Post
    hi mate
    is there a big difference? would you recommend one?
    I have a 3x2x2 tank with single durso and absolutely quiet on that front. Although people say 2 are quieter.

    The link you gave looks like a great tank. And at 499 is cheaper than a RSM130D - 130 litres.

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    hi mate, yes plus it comes with the sump and plumbing so want to make sure its all ok.
    talking about sumps, ive been rattling my brain for hours reading, YouTube-ing emailing and i cant understand the whole process with overflowing!
    do i need to drill a hole on the RETURN pipe which is in the main tank to stop it siphoning back down into the sump?
    also is it possible to make a overflow 'drain' in the sump so if the water comes up to the top of the sump then the water can go down the surface overflow into a pvc pipe leading outside in the garden?

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    If that tank comes with a sump etc, then it should be good to go as is.

    It's not hard nor rocket science, just a case of seeing if it would work.

    Unfortunately I am a little dim, I bought an RSM130D as my first tank, then bought a second tank second hand with a sump. But if you asked me to plan a new one I wouldn't have a clue.

    People on here will guide you and make you make the right choices, but if a tank is advertised as with sump etc, then you shouls on spending that amount of money be in a similar situation as myself, ie it works.

    As for the hole on the pipe, yes it makes sense, but I never did it.

    My weir is designed to hold about 8 litres tops, I made the durso so it is about an inch under water level. My sump can easily hold about another 30litres, so worse case scenario if all power goes off, my sump fills up with 10 / 20 litres tops.

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    ummm, still dont understand lol.
    ive never had a tank with a sump nor have i actually seen one work so its all new!

    the tank comes with the sump and pipework and a pump so im guessing its all plug in and go, just wanted a few fail safe methods etc just in case.
    what is meant by a durso??

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    Quote Originally Posted by bumcrumb View Post
    ummm, still dont understand lol.
    ive never had a tank with a sump nor have i actually seen one work so its all new!

    the tank comes with the sump and pipework and a pump so im guessing its all plug in and go, just wanted a few fail safe methods etc just in case.
    what is meant by a durso??

    If you fancy a drive to mine, I can show you mine and explain as best as I can understand.

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    Default Re: anyone got a MALU REEF, MAKO AQUARIUM?

    lol, i would love to take you up on the offer but i dont drive and your not that close either by the looks of it.
    thanks anyway mate but ill get it, and learn the hard way lol.
    can i ask (if you know) what difference a single outlet and a double outlet is? do you have the one pipe or two going into your sump? any pics? lol
    thanks matey

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