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Old 06-16-2005, 02:08 PM   #1
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what kind of pump

ok heres my diagram



I want to get rid of my powerheads because it just looks ugly, so I'm looking for a pump for my 29 gal tank that will siphon water out, and then return it to two separate output areas as shown above.

it will have to pump 3 2/3' foot up to return.. what size pump would work if this is possible.. I don't have any overflow I just want to suck some water out (of course I'm going to put some foam over the intake.


my goal: get rid of ugly powerheads in the tank.

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I can't see the picture. but that idea seems pretty reasonable to me.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:46 PM   #3
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which ever one of those mag pumps does about 400 GPH would work
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:44 PM   #4
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A Mag 5 will do 380 gal with 3 ft of head pressure. Revtree posted a link 2 weeks ago for petsmart. They were selling them for $29 with free shipping. Keep your eyes open they will be on sell again.
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i have this same set up, but do yourself a big favor and raise that T higher so that the whole system looks like a giant T. The design you have now has the water being pushed up, then sideways, then up again. I noticed when i did this that it reduced the pressure alot. When i rebuilt it the right way, the change in pressure was considerable. i would draw you a picture but i have no computer skills at all. Hope this helps
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ah thanks gfishguy56..

ill go to the lfs and quite possibly home depot this afternoon and see what they have.
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you may want to have the pump behind the tank on a shelf or something...your basically wantin to create a closed circuit....have to make sure that pump never sucks in air but yes a mag will be your best bet...be sure the pvc fitting are tight
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The only problem I see with using a Mag is that their sealing rings aren't great. I've got a couple of them and wouldn't use them externally.
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thats why u use teflon tape along with the rings
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closed loop

I think this is what gfishguy56 means?
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