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Old 08-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #71
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No it was creating too many bubbles
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:09 AM   #72
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hi steve ,, i just had a couple questions about your 20g sump build..Im doing mine the same way (Skimmer > Fuge > Return) but i had questions on your plumbing..It looks like you have your drain from your overflow going into where your skimmer is, then you have the output of the skimmer going to the return section of the sump? I just cant tell from the pictures..This is what i was going to do with mine..








My Skimmer will be in where the drain empties into the sump..
what do you think? I think this is basically what you have but i just wanted to ask you...

also..how did your glass fit when it was cut at 11 7/8 was it tight or loose (im looking for width size not thickness of the glass) or was that a good width to cut it.. i have the same size tank.. thanks for your help .. let me know you thought on this .. thanks
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #73
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Ya I can't erase them from my phone. I have my skimmer in the intake chamber which shares with the intake of the over flow. I originally wanted my clean water from my skimmer to dump in the return but it created to many micro bubbles which returned into my DT so I now have it dumping into the intake chamber but it's directed rite next to the baffle. I did some research there is not much gain doin it the other way.

That pic shows the return pump coming back over through the system for a second time. I've heard that's ok if u have too much return into your tank but I just used ball valves on my intake and return lines also put u check valve in the return line just before the return spouts.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #74
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Sump is finally complete. Also cleaned out my message box
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:10 AM   #75
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How often do you clean the sponge??

Also why put a check valve on the return? Just curious. I'm trying to learn
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:37 AM   #76
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U don't want to clean the sponge it's full of pods. The check valve will stop your DT from draining if there is a power loss. Before I had one I lost power while I was at work luckily my sump was low otherwise it would have flooded
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Won't the sponge get full of waste and cause nitrates to rise?
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #78
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I'm sure it could and I'm hoping that doesn't happen for awhile bc I'm trying to build up my pods population. Now more frequent water changes might be needed but that all goes hand in hand. I've had it wedged in there with egg create for the last two weeks and when I took it ok it was clean but was loaded with pods so I just laid it in sump sump till the new silicon dried. Works good I think in many ways
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Ya my roomates sump is setup the same way. He cleaned it after months and it was do nasty lol but his nitrates have gone down since then.
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Ya its diffenatally something u have to monitor but I'll bet his pod level is up
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