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Old 04-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Can't get sump pump balanced

Hello! I bought a 120 gal off Craig's list with a 55 gal sump. I can't get my intake to balance with the return. The intake has an adjustable valve, and the return pump is run through a light dimmer. Still, I have been tinkering with it for days. The water is always raising or lowering. I can't get it balanced. Please help!
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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Sound like a different setup.
The pump should just be on or off. Not dimmed for flow.
The overflow drain should keep the tank level at the top of the standpipe if it's drilled or the job overflow if you have that.
Pics of your setup will help.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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I will have to get you some pics. It is quite the different set up. I might have to buy a new pump.
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Get some pics because something is off.. adjusting valves can be a pain but not that difficult.. get some pics so we have an idea of what your looking at
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #6
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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It might be good if I drew the set up. Let me know if these pics help.
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You should never restrict the drain. Leave that wide open. Only make adjustments with the return.

Is that a metal valve in the mix? That must be removed. No metal plumbing in a salt water setup!
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:44 PM   #9
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Ya know, I was thinking that too about the metal valve. But the guy had it up and running that way. Did you see the metal clams on the return pump also?
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:49 PM   #10
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Thank you Doug, also I read on another thread that you said maroon clowns are mean. This tank i got off Craig's list came with a mated pair. They are waiting in my QT tank until my DT is ready. So they were also going to be the first fish. Is this a bad idea? The female is pretty big, at least 3 inch, her man is little.
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