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Old 09-24-2008, 01:27 PM   #131
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I see bubbles, I assume that means it's working?





Hope that's kosher, since I'm heading back to work.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:49 PM   #132
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I have a Mag9.5 as my return with a single overflow. What I did was put a ball valve at the top of my "manifold" coming out of the return pump so I can turn up/down the flow to the tank. Everybody has said you can restrict the outbound flow of a pump, just not the inbound flow to it. That lets me set it to right around 600gph since my overflow is rated for that (single 1" pipe).
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:31 PM   #133
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Looks like you need to adjusts your bubble level up just a bit. You should see a few of the larger bubbles starting to work their way up the neck of the skimmer. May want to skim a bit wet for the first couple of days to get some of the nasty stuff out of the water.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:40 PM   #134
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Thanks hogie. I guess I was more questioning if I wanted the larger pump on the sump, or on the CL.

Pat8you, I did raise it before I left the house once I figured it all out. I put it in there and snapped pics, then went back and played with it for a bit. I was getting large bubbles working their way up the neck when I left, though none had reached the collection cup, so it may need tweaking yet. And I'm sure the tweaks will continue as it goes through it's break-in phase.

Thanks for the tip on skimming wet.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:32 PM   #135
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I also put my bigger one on the return in case I ever decide to add something else to it, such as a calcium reactor, etc without adding a new pump (I left a ball valve off a T connection unused just for these future plans). I figure its easier to ramp that up than not.

Also, on the closed loop, are you going to output it to a swcd or just a T, etc... My swcd doesnt output as much as I want from my mag7, but then again, I also put a couple right angles in the plumbing (which lower the output).
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:33 PM   #136
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Yes, I'm planning to run a 3/4" SCWD on the CL.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:34 PM   #137
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Sorry for not answering you quicker. I was asleep on the couch with my son.

I agree with Pat, but it sounds like you have done some adjusting. Don't raise the level too high, your skimmer will need to break in and when it does it will skim better. For now I would have the bubbles at the bottom of the neck and leave it at that.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:40 PM   #138
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That rock looks really nice.
Skimmer looks good too. Body is nice and milky looking from the good bubble production.
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BTW, drilling a 10g tank is a lot different then drilling a larger tank. The glass is very thin on the 10 so you have a better chance of cracking it. I've never tried to drill a tank that small.

I have a 20g tall that I use as my fuge and it is much thicker then a 10g. When drilling the 72 you should not have any problems.

I would suggest a multi-speed drill and going very slow until you have a good ring cut into the glass. Even when you get it going you don't want to go very fast and you want to keep it wet at all times.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:51 PM   #140
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That is some great looking rock. Can't wait to see it all come together. (as are you I'm sure. lol)
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