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Old 01-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #121
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Make sure you have a filter sock on the drain pipe to catch gunk.
For the pump, you'll have to throttle it back until the drain rate matches the flow from the pump. If you open it up the whole way you'll empty the sump into the display.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:32 PM   #122
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My skimmer pump pumps back into the sump not my display I have a different return pump
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Then start opened the whole way and slowly close it until the flows match.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:42 PM   #124
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I think we may be on different pages, I have a dc pump controlling my skimmer that pumps water from my sump to my skimmer and back to my sump I currently have if at 3 of 6 with the gate valve 3/4 open and it sometimes overflows the skimmer cup I should turn the pump up to 6 of 6 and open the gate valve 100% and let the water run through my skimmer cup out the drain plug into a filter sock and back into the sump?
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Either way it is going to continue with this behavior due to the tune in period. Your restriction should be behind the pump. Opening it up fully shouldn't cause it to overflow more, as the restricting is what is raising the level so your skimmer can skim.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:24 PM   #126
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Hey everyone, I'm very frustrated with my layout of my tank, the egg crate is very irritating, the rock work does not look good to me anymore and I am having a diatom bloom, before I do anything what are the downsides of me pulling out fish and coral and putting them in a holding container, taking out all the rock, removing the egg crate and re doing the rock work in a fashion that works better for me?



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Old 01-16-2014, 09:54 PM   #127
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Why is the egg crate irritating? All that it does is base to prevent the bottom from being damaged if there is a shift in the rocks. Is the crate showing? Adjusting the flow to prevent sand from being blown away will help. Maybe adding some more sand even. Removing the rock and egg crate will just stir up problems.
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When I place the powerheads high enough that they don't blow the sand off the egg crate I get algae and diatoms growing on the sand bed, when I place them to avoid that algae it blows the sand off and shows the egg crate which really bothers me for some reason


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What kind of problems am I looking at if I remove it?


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Old 01-17-2014, 12:23 PM   #130
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It sounds to me like you just need to find the sweet spots in terms of flow for your tank.
In terms of issues, disturbing the sandbed can release all kinds of nasty stuff, mostly all the poop that never got filtered out. Usually results in parameter spikes and even mini cycles.
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