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Old 01-16-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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Starting my sump

Planning on starting a sump fron scratch for my new 35 gal reef gonna use rubbermain totes ! One for main sump tank, and two others to to house my intake with filtersock and skimmer, which will overflow from slits cut around top, into the big main tote acting as a fuge and heater storage, then another identical container to the intakes for the return pump with the slits cuts slightly deeper into the return tote, will use eggcrate as a skimmer for the slits as i plan a shallow sandbed and cheato !

Im all ready to start building tomorrow or thursday, i just need to know how big of a pump to buy and size overflow build out of pvc, its going to be about 15 gallon main tote with max head from return pump to tank lip being 51 inches i do believe tank is 35 gallons ...can someone please help with calculations??
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:56 AM   #2
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Try the Rio pumps they come with flow adjusting fittings. A Rio 2100 or less would probably do your 35
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:57 AM   #3
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So are you saying anything under 2100 would work?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:13 AM   #4
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I ordered a pump from ebay, for 26 bucks, 2000l/h i believe
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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My head is 4 1/2ft from pump to return sprayer, and my pump is moving 530 gph will it be enough return with a 3/4" pvc overflow?
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That amount of flow should be more than enough. Does the pump come with any like accessories? ...that's why I was recording the Rio pumps simply because they come with adjustment attachments and what not. Either way, if you do have to adjust the flow, home depot will have something that can fit onto the pump
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:43 PM   #7
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Do you know what the overflow is rated at? I think with the head lose you will need a bigger pump unless the overflow is rated for under 300 gph.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:55 PM   #8
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I could make a 1/2" pvc overflow? I dont quite get what you mean i believe my pump will be pumping max with head high just under 300 gph, i also have a 200 gph pump coming in from ebay i could throw in as well.. Ive made my own skimmer works like a charm, so no money spent there, does my intake into the sump have to flow less then my return pump?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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Its still breaking in, and heres the layout of my sump,
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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I built my overflow here it is painted! Just need to install the valve line and bleeder sump is almost built, iv got the inlet and outlet holes cut thru the lid and my pvc return nozzle as well !
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