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Old 07-09-2011, 05:22 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the replies everybody.

My current sump is 13x34 and holds about 10 inches of water. So my sump operates with about 20 gallons in it.

I would be adding 10 more for a total of 30.

I would like to drill the ten gallon so I don't have to worry about siphon breaks. Where or who would I take the tank to to do this? I have never drilled glass.

My current return line has a T connection on it. I wanted to have the ability to throttle down the return line with a ball valve, but have a T to keep pressure off of the pump when throttled down. I will plumb that right over to the fuge and then have it dump back into the sump.

Limited space requires nothing bigger than a 10 gallon.

Thanks for the comments everybody. Ill take photos when its done.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:49 PM   #12
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If you have any local glass or mirror shops, they should be able to cut it for you, another simple choice would be to cut out one panel and replace it with a thick plastic panel, obviously with a cutout already in place. I seen a guy do that to about 30- 10g tanks for his store. He simply cutout the bottom panel and replaced it
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:16 PM   #14
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i think this is a waste of time. i doubt you will see any benefits from such a small refugium on a large system like that.

that said, choking back the pump is good for it and will actually cut down on electric usage and also extend the pumps life. keeping pressure off of it is not helping.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:25 PM   #15
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exactly what i said the fuge is to small, thank you doug.

i don't believe thaqt choking down a pump is good for it as you will still have the pressure pushing back, the pressure will build up at the ball valve rather then flow. you'll put the same pressure on if not more on the pump. that being said its not the pump they will be choked its the drain flow
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what are you talking about? starving it of water? if so, then you are correct. if you think that putting a ball valve at the exhaust port of a pump is bad for it, you are incorrect.
if you choke the drain flow, all that will happen is the DT will overflow on to the floor.
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what they are talkign about is diverting water from the fuge section to the sump section so that the higher flow goes to the sump and the fuge get s a slower flow of water
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yes, i know what they are talking about. i was commenting on the OP's concern about "keeping pressure off the pump while throttled down". there is no need to do this.
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no there is no concern for it, not if you get a good quality pump
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good quality, or bad quality, putting a ball valve at the exhaust port of a pump will help it to last longer. it will not hurt a pump EVER.
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