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Old 01-13-2013, 12:51 AM
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Coming from a guy who has custom ordered several tanks (trial and error) this is what I would suggest.

Go bigger! You rarely ever hear anyone say "Man, I wish I would have gone smaller on my tank". If you can stretch it to a 240 (8x2x2) then better off, otherwise do the 7x2x2.

If you decide to go with a sump/wet dry.... either go with a exterior mounted overflow box verses an internal overflow. Save the space inside of the tank for swimming room. When I say an external overflow box, I'm not referring to the ones you hang on the back of the tank with the 1 or 2 "U" tubes.... it's actually a box mounted/glued to the back (on acrylic tanks, not glass).

If you decide to go with the FX5's.... have the holes pre-drilled on the back wall for your drains/returns. Hook up the FX5's to the bulkheads and use strainers on the intake/bulkheads and not use the factory uptubes, a cleaner look then to have all the extra pipes/hoses in the tank.

No internal overflow boxes, pre-drilled holes and not using the tubes in your tank will allow you to use 3D backgrounds with much more ease and give it a really nice, clean look.

Best of luck.
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I would drill the bottom over the sides it give its a better look
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id go with the 7ft tank and 2 fx5s because thats exactly what i have
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