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Old 06-01-2011, 10:29 AM   #721
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you can't keep the sump any level that you want. you need to keep enough space in it to accommodate whatever water is going to come down in the event of a power outage.

I think I understand. There needs to be enough room left in the sump to hold whatever water will be above the overflow if the power goes out and the return pump stops.

I will be messing around with the water levels soon, still filling the tank. Today is big sand washing day. lol I've made friends with the girl at the lfs so I might be able to have her come over and hold my hand through the adjustments.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:03 AM   #722
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:10 AM   #723
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LOL It's nice to have ALOT of help all the time. This forum rocks!!
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:15 PM   #724
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Just put in 200lbs of sand, I was gonna go with 250lbs but so far it looks good. Just waiting for the sand to settle and I will see where the sand is at.

And take some pics too LOL
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Yea pic or it didn't happen..
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #727
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Here's some pictures of where I'm at now. The sand bed is huge! I'm thinking I'm gonna stick with the 200lbs of sand, I kinda like it and I kinda don't. I'm guessing in a few months the exposed sand against the glass is gonna get gnarly looking. Based on the pictures will I still be considered a DSB? I've heard you should go very little sand or go big and nothing in between.....Anyone have any idea if that's true?

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I think I understand. There needs to be enough room left in the sump to hold whatever water will be above the overflow if the power goes out and the return pump stops.

I will be messing around with the water levels soon, still filling the tank. Today is big sand washing day. lol I've made friends with the girl at the lfs so I might be able to have her come over and hold my hand through the adjustments.
If you want to have the sump higher most of the time because of lack of space you can create an overflow that goes into the drain... once you get a power outage it will fill to that level and then the rest goes down the drain. once you get power back again your sump will be "low" and you just add more water... you end up with a small water change.
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Umm this is a SILLY question I know, but where do I put my heater in the sump? It's kinda long and needs to be submerged but the water level won't be high enough. Can I put it in with the LR and macro section in the center? That is really the only place that it might fit lengthwise.

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it doesnt matter where you put it i dont think, putting it there is fine
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