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Old 10-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #401
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I found a y fitting at marine depot, I need the fitting to be barbed.....I didnt go with pvc for the plumbing.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #402
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I appreciate the input Mrbee

The only is issue I would have in taking it out is that the ball valve is totally almost flush with it so Iwouldnt be able to hook the ball valve back up to the tubing. I guess i could just buy another ball valve though....

Did some water tests and its looking good! Maybe a trace of ammonia , no nitrites at all and trace nitrates.
Just remember that YOU titled this thread the "Final" build Do it right now or you will just have to do it again later.

Also, I didn't see if anyone replied about the sump but you had said something early on about no baffles and not messing with DIY. Just make sure that you have at least one baffle to create a return chamber. When you step up to this size of tank, the last thing you want is to have a clog in the drain allowing 50+ gallons of sump water to be pumped back and overflow into the house.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:50 PM   #403
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Just remember that YOU titled this thread the "Final" build Do it right now or you will just have to do it again later. Also, I didn't see if anyone replied about the sump but you had said something early on about no baffles and not messing with DIY. Just make sure that you have at least one baffle to create a return chamber. When you step up to this size of tank, the last thing you want is to have a clog in the drain allowing 50+ gallons of sump water to be pumped back and overflow into the house.
Final build? Baloney. Carey is a young gal with many years of reefkeeping ahead of her. I would bet my right leg this isn't her last build. Nice try Carey. "Careys absolutely final reef upgrade-1000 gallon" You might end up sounding like one of those shops that are perpetually going out of business...
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #404
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HAHA Greg, this will be the final "big" build...I will be setting up at least one more medium sized tank to house my tiny fishies that are in the 60g and 29g cube. I just dont think i want to add clown gobies and the mandarin to this tank, they do fine in a small tank and I dont want to jinx anything. lol

The sump is a homemade 3 chamber setup in a 40b I believe. I have a huge intake chamber, then the skimmer chamber, two baffles and the huge return section. I hope to be doing this right the first time, I hate messing with plumbing after the fact.

Soooo, if I get one of those barbed slanted tees and one of those better check valves should I be good? What kind of return gph would I be looking at if I replaced the existing setup?
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Was there a reason you didn't use the twin return pumps?
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:28 PM   #406
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I thought that it wasnt the right way to go, lol, not sure why. I'm just used to a single return pump I guess. Would that be a viable option? I have the two mag 9.5's I could use.
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That's the one I've used for over 20 years.
That is good to hear. I'm thinking of adding one to my big drain pipe too.

Carey-the link you posted is what I have.
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I thought that it wasnt the right way to go, lol, not sure why. I'm just used to a single return pump I guess. Would that be a viable option? I have the two mag 9.5's I could use.
What are you using for your single pump? The recommended minimum ID for maximum flow of a mag 9.5 is 1.5".
I typically at least double the output diameter of the mag pumps.
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The previous owner already went thru this, so it would make sense to me to start there. A single return pump isn't a bad thing, but neither is having two. Just wondering.
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The return line is 3/4 inch ID, thats the size of the output part of the mag 18.

I'm wondering if i can forego the check valve and just rerun the hosing. Now the question would be use the two mag9.5's or use a split slanted tee like posted above with the single mag 18
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