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Old 11-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #401
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i cant seem to grasp your concept lol im sorry, which numbers???? hahaha
Put one at #4 and one right before the first elbow. The one closest to the pump under the tank. So the tubing would come out of the pump and go up, just before the PVC turns add the first check valve. It should be a couple inches above the water line.

Now having said all that, your plumbing may be more complicated then it needs to be. The ball valve will be crazy hard to reach in the back. You should be able to keep all the PVC under the tank with the exception of the one line going to the back hole. That would mean that the plumbing would start at the pump, go up, then a check, then an elbow sending it left towards the return under the tank. A "T" would send it up to the first return with a ball valve to control flow there, and the other part of the"T" would send it back to the second return. That low return would start with a ball valve that would be horizontal so you can reach it from under the tank. When the low return turns upward you add the other check valve. This would give you a safe return system that would be easier to reach once the tank is in place. Does that make sense? I know this must sound complicated by text. Ouch!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #402
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Put one at #4 and one right before the first elbow. The one closest to the pump under the tank. So the tubing would come out of the pump and go up, just before the PVC turns add the first check valve. It should be a couple inches above the water line.

Now having said all that, your plumbing may be more complicated then it needs to be. The ball valve will be crazy hard to reach in the back. You should be able to keep all the PVC under the tank with the exception of the one line going to the back hole. That would mean that the plumbing would start at the pump, go up, then a check, then an elbow sending it left towards the return under the tank. A "T" would send it up to the first return with a ball valve to control flow there, and the other part of the"T" would send it back to the second return. That low return would start with a ball valve that would be horizontal so you can reach it from under the tank. When the low return turns upward you add the other check valve. This would give you a safe return system that would be easier to reach once the tank is in place. Does that make sense? I know this must sound complicated by text. Ouch!
Very confusing! Hahaha but I think I get what u mean.. I'm gonna fiddle around with it today.. I might go out n buy check valves.. any other place you'd recommend other than BRS for valves? Would Lowe's be ok?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:05 PM   #403
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Very confusing! Hahaha but I think I get what u mean.. I'm gonna fiddle around with it today.. I might go out n buy check valves.. any other place you'd recommend other than BRS for valves? Would Lowe's be ok?
I don't know if Lowe's would have them but it's never a bad idea to check. BRS sells valves that are known to work with reefs (low pressure systems).

It is confusing. The real objective is to visualize how the plumbing will work once the tank is in place. You want your ball valves to be within easy reach. If they will be reachable the way you have it then it's perfectly fine to use the manifold you already designed. You can scoot the tank against the wall and see if it's a good design. Never glue up the pipes until you know every adjustable part is within easy reach once the tank is in it's final position.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:18 PM   #404
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I don't know if Lowe's would have them but it's never a bad idea to check. BRS sells valves that are known to work with reefs (low pressure systems).

It is confusing. The real objective is to visualize how the plumbing will work once the tank is in place. You want your ball valves to be within easy reach. If they will be reachable the way you have it then it's perfectly fine to use the manifold you already designed. You can scoot the tank against the wall and see if it's a good design. Never glue up the pipes until you know every adjustable part is within easy reach once the tank is in it's final position.
Well the way I had it I was able to get to both ball valves with no problem. Under the tank or on the side, either way I can reach em.. I think I'm gonna keep it the way it is.. maybe change 1 or 2 things not sure
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:19 PM   #405
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Found check valves at Lowes for about $7.50 each..
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:25 PM   #406
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Found check valves at Lowes for about $7.50 each..
Score! Lol
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Score! Lol
Now I just gotta figure out which way to install them Hahaha
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That's good. As long as you can reach the valves you're golden.

They should have an arrow showing allowed flow direction. If not just check which direction the water flows through it and marker your own arrow.
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That's good. As long as you can reach the valves you're golden.

They should have an arrow showing allowed flow direction. If not just check which direction the water flows through it and marker your own arrow.
Lol just saw the arrow.. it blends in and is very tiny lol good stuff
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