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Old 09-24-2011, 10:26 AM   #1471
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Wow, you got alot of questions and I have zero answers. lol

I wish I was that inspired to do a diy type thing, for that I give you major props. Still following along as the info might come in handy for me.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:29 AM   #1472
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I know in one of my threads u asked about my pump.... I got some info for u. Well, a pic anyways...
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:22 PM   #1473
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I wish I could offer some good advice on the plumbing, but I'll leave that to the people who really know it. It looks really good on paper though, I don't really see any gaping flaws in either of those designs you posted.

Oh, and just a little anecdote, make sure that you install that check valve properly. My built in overflow included a standpipe with a check valve, and it produced an insane amount of noise at first. I was able fidget with it so it'd make less, but it was still audible. I think some water was getting in through the little hole somehow. Just something to look out for.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:37 PM   #1474
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lol yeah i kinda went crazy last night.

i would call it less inspiration more im broke and i want the fish to be as healthy as possible and not suffer for my ignorance. the idea was mentioned earlier when i started that 55gallon sw idea, you know a month-2 months ago. back then it seemed like such an ominous task but after reading everyone with thier drilled tanks and kinda messing around with my fw i kinda feel comfortable with it and i think that i can still make it look nice and clean. making neat and clean was also a concern in the beginning.

i think what design i use depends on if i want to pull water from the surface or from the middle or bottom of the tank.

thank you kio, i think i did ask about your pump, im looking for good pumps to use.

if i do indeed build an overflow, it will be a learning experience on tweaking it all to make it work.
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:18 PM   #1475
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i think what design i use depends on if i want to pull water from the surface or from the middle or bottom of the tank.
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IMO I would pull the water from the surface to reduce that film that inevitable will appear. Also u will need it for surface agitation to keep that pH somewhat stable ... CO2 exchange bla bla... bla
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:32 PM   #1476
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yes maam i will.

im kinda looking at them and seeing if i can put the best of both in one.

1"pipe or 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" pipe?

any thoughts?
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #1477
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yes maam i will.

im kinda looking at them and seeing if i can put the best of both in one.

1"pipe or 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" pipe?

any thoughts?
U saw mine... 1 1/4 and I get great flow..
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:52 PM   #1478
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The pipes from DT to sump are 1 1/4, the pipes from sump to DT are 1"
u don't want the return pipes too big or else u lose pressure. Imagine a syringe or hose: the bigger the harder you have to push to get good pressure

(and if somebody dares to make a "that's what she said"-joke out of it, I'll personally come over there and punch u!!!)
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The pipes from DT to sump are 1 1/4, the pipes from sump to DT are 1"
u don't want the return pipes too big or else u lose pressure. Imagine a syringe or hose: the bigger the harder you have to push to get good pressure

(and if somebody dares to make a "that's what she said"-joke out of it, I'll personally come over there and punch u!!!)
Thats what she said... Lmfao... Couldn't resist!!!!
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Thats what she said... Lmfao... Couldn't resist!!!!
Uuuuuh, you are in so much trouble mister!!!
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