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Old 02-25-2005, 01:10 AM   #1
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flow recommendations for an inline chiller...

My tank has only one 1 in drain (around 600gph).
The tank came with an Arctica 1/5hp chiller (no destruction manual included).
I was thinking of running the chiller off the return pump (Mag-12) -- the split would be around 600 gph for the return and 350-400gph for the chiller.

Would this work? or should I run a dedicated pump for the chiller (if so, what size would you recommend)

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Old 02-25-2005, 02:24 AM   #2
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My reef tank has 4 mag drive pumps (1200 GPH total) & a Tsunami wave maker. For my chiller- I just dropped a powerhead in my sump for supply & pipe it back to sump. Been like that for 7+ years & still going strong.
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you should search google for an owners manual/some one that has experimented to find the right flow through the chiller
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I managed to download a manual -- hard task on a dial-up connection.

The manual wasn't very specific:
"use a circulating pump with large capacity"

I guess I'll just have to experiment.

I'm thinking of going with a dedicated Mag pump with a prefilter to stop as much gunk as possible from entering the chiller.
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Old 02-25-2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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most 1/5 chillers go in the 300-600 GPH range so you should be safe.
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