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Old 04-24-2003, 06:09 PM   #1
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Pump dimensions and Sump

Designing a sump shouldn't be a problem

But what size should hose should I use.

Ideally 1" or 3/4" is what Im looking at how many gallons per hour is this so I can get a pump to match

and say 1" of hose is about 800 gph should I get a pump to equal that or no should I get one that is pumps 600gph

one more ques does a refugium need lights to grow algea or can I just make one without lights

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Well...it depends on what size pump you intend to use. I would recommend using whatever size pipe that the pump outlet is. For example, a Mag 12 has a 3/4" outlet so I would use 3/4" pipe on it. I'd also use PVC instead of hose. You can put a couple of unions in there so you can get it apart to clean it and a valve for pump removal. It makes for a neater installation and less chance of a leak. If you can get the thinwall PVC (Schedule 20), that's better for aquarium uses. The best setup would probably be a drilled sump with an external pump like a Iwaki or a Little Giant. I think, for a 75, something in the 8-900 gph range would be good. Champion Lighting has a new line of pumps called Blue Line that are supposed to be good.
You will have to have light to grow the macro algae...it'll die without it.
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Old 04-25-2003, 04:33 PM   #3
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If you are refering to the return pump.... I use a Quiet One with a 3/4" hose and two ball valves to control the flow...


The other side uses a PVC slip which has not leaked on me yet and is easy to disconnect.

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