Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-23-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 99
Closed loop idea

I will be setting up a new tank in the new year. The closed loop will have 2 pipes coming up with live rock surrounding them. I thought it would be a good idea to drill small holes - or maybe big holes - in the pipe going throught the rock to introduce flow inside the rock. i thought it would keep things from getting bogged down with detrius or anything undesirable.The tank will be a mixed reef.

So, is this a good idea, or bad idea..and why?

BTW, it's a custom 125 gallon 48 x 24 x 20 peninsula tank with Starphyre glass, coast to coast overflow on one short end, inside euro brace, 56 gallon sump, Vertex IN 180 skimmer, UV sterilizer, refugium, Blueline pumps for the return and closed loop, EHEIM Professional II with various media, Tek light 8 bulb 54W T5 fixture, RO/DI with ATO.


mattdean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
flanque's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 740
Depends. You'll loose some degree of current with that. Maybe the splash onto the rocks will be enough to move it all around.

I tend to find a good clean-up crew can do far more for keeping things moving and healthy than focusing just on water flow. That's been my experience anyways.

flanque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
I would add more returns for the closed loop, around 4, and possibly tee them further. You may have to play with sizing, but I kept everything at 1" on a 140g I set up. Although chaotic flow is popular, I am enjoying the flow from creating a rolling affect.
Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
closed loop .HELP PLEASE cassanova General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 09-21-2005 08:37 AM
Closed loop intake idea? Brenden Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 06-14-2005 05:27 PM
Wants a closed loop acid_burn DIY Projects 6 08-17-2004 09:30 AM
closed loop scuba_steve Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 08-21-2003 07:24 PM
Closed loop puffer DIY Projects 18 03-17-2003 10:56 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.