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Old 06-12-2003, 03:59 PM   #1
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best way to set up closed loop

please be very explicit need all info just pretend you are trying to make a 3 year old understand..thanks
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ok...here goes....have someone else do it for you! ROFL
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Old 06-12-2003, 05:33 PM   #3
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What are you looking to incorporate/do with your closed loop? What are we working with as far as tank is concerned? What pump are you gonna use for the closed loop?
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yep thats what i want to know all of it it is for a new 75 rr all glass reef tank...dont have pump yet want good circulation with as few ugly boxes in there as possible...thanks
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Well if it were me, I'd go with a large pump something along the lines of 2400gph. You understand this does not take the place of your sump on a rr tank? I would make a manifold that contained 4-5 return nozzles placed along the back and side of the tank at varying heights. Or possibly a couple of seaswirls, run a drain line into the tank about 1/4 to 1/2 way into the tank, into the pump, then into any equipment you want to run it through (chiller, UV, etc...) then to the manifold. If you go with the seaswirls you will not have to worry about something to control the flow (on/off) if you go with the manifold, you might want something like an aquacontroller to control the pump. I am not real familiar with them, I just know it will do something like that. Maybe we will get lucky and mojosreef will chime in here, I know he has extensive experience with them. Might consider pm'ing him with a link to this thread
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Old 06-12-2003, 08:13 PM   #6
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you forgot to explain it to a 3 year old i know i need a sump,large pump got it manifold?seaswirls?return nozzles? got any pics?
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I found a link that is cool

http://padens.homestead.com/tankplumbing.html
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Maybe this can help u a bit
Layout the plumbing and then mark where u want the holes to go

Get a glas shop to cut the holes for ya

Fit in your Bulkheads

Dry fit all the plumbing

then attach the pump and glue all the plumbing together

From the last pic you can see 2 holes down low to draw in water. (now my tank is easy to get to so you may want these holes higher where you can get to them) then those holes go to the intake of the pump and then from the top of the pump up to a manfold ( a series of tee's really that line up to the holes going through the back wall of the tank). My tank has a motorised ballvalve, so ignore that and just go straight to the manifold from the pump.

Heres one looking from the front at the plumbing when it comes out of the back wall. Ignore the purple spray bar


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wow you guys are great thanks had no idea this was going to make me as crazy as the lighting issue thought the headaches were over silly me...maybe i will do the power head thing for a while sure don't want to be cutting holes in the tank thanks loads the link timbo and the pics mojo are wonderful!!!!
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There are ways to make a closed loop system without drilling holes in your tank..I think if you were going to spend a lot of money, you could do the above mentioned method. I remember going through some sites out there at one point or another that did this much easier, not as politically correct, but, working. I will try to put up some links for more diverse methods of closed loops. It was hard for me even to put head or tails to your post Mojo, Sorry, What is the reason for the 9 holes in the tank? You totally confused me.
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