Thanks for the photo help! For now I'd like to do FO
until I get my feet wet and have a few mishaps that I learn how to deal with before going to LR
. The chiller is hooked up in series after the pump, which I'm sure is contributing to the decreased flow along with the large vertical head. Not sure if the chiller is functioning properly, since I'm not seeing that I can dial in a desired temperature, it's just looking like it's reading the temperature of the water. Water quality here is pretty good, so I'm guessing the hose was installed to top off the tank as water evaporated. I'm able to get free filtered saltwater from our local aquarium, so I haven't had to mix too much for my water changes. Despite this, would you recommend picking up a filter for the top-offs?
Do you have a preference on pump makes of the ones you listed earlier? I know the more the better, but I'm wondering if I'll need more from the pump than 5 turnovers per hour if I'm wanting to do LR
in the future (so should I buy a larger one now). If I interpret the overflow calculator correctly, I can accommodate ~600 gallons per hour (~6.5 turnovers/hour), but I was hoping to be more conservative at ~500 gallons per hour (~5 turnovers/hour).
Thanks so much! Your comments and this website has really steepened my learning curve!