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Old 07-11-2012, 11:27 AM   #11
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You might consider going up to a 9.5 over the 7. I guess it just depends on what you want. The 7 would give you a little more 'contact time' in the refugium, but the 9.5 would give you more turnover and more flow in the tank.
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You might consider going up to a 9.5 over the 7. I guess it just depends on what you want. The 7 would give you a little more 'contact time' in the refugium, but the 9.5 would give you more turnover and more flow in the tank.
+1 you can also install a ball valve above the pump to adjust flow so going one larger is usually a good idea
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You might consider going up to a 9.5 over the 7. I guess it just depends on what you want. The 7 would give you a little more 'contact time' in the refugium, but the 9.5 would give you more turnover and more flow in the tank.
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+1 you can also install a ball valve above the pump to adjust flow so going one larger is usually a good idea
As I was measuring the piping I noticed that I forgot the valve on the return line. It's not in the pics posted above but I have already put one in place on my drawing and the head loss numbers account for it being there.

Funny, I got a reply back on my local reef club forum that suggested I step down to a 5 as the 7 would have my up at 11.5x turn over. Flow inside the tank will be supplemented by a power head or two.
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