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Old 10-01-2013, 10:15 PM   #11
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If you plan on having a copepod colony, it would not be a good idea to have the skimmer in the return pump area. You would want it in the first section. This is because the skimmer will catch most of your copepods if put after the refugium.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #12
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So I got my return pump and fired my system up this weekend. My question now is if I speed the pump up to much the tank will fill to certain point then it is just like flushing a toilet and it drops back down and it will just keep doing this. Is this because my drain is to restricting?
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:03 PM   #13
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All set up and cycle about finished. Will do a big water change at the end of the week and hope to pick up a couple fish this weekend
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:19 PM   #14
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Looks great! Definitely following along!
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:53 AM   #15
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Good luck with everything. I to am about to start a 75 gal tank.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #16
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Your water level in your tank should not rise and fall. Something isn't right. Can you tell if your pump continues to run?
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:21 PM   #17
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It only does it when I speed the pump up to fast. I have a Diablo DC 3500 return pump that has a six speed controller and I can only run it at half speed. Any faster and I get the rise and fall.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:25 PM   #18
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what kind of drain do you have? That almost sounds like a HOB, where the flow into the tank side cannot keep up with the flow out.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #19
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Nope tank is drilled. It is a marine land reef ready tank. Rated for 700 gph I believe. I used 1" pipe for all the external plumbing.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:46 PM   #20
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What type of silencer do you have then? That flushing must come from something getting overwhelmed and sucking air down.
Yes a 1" O/D pipe will drain about 700gph max, but a pressurized return line can easily exceed that amount.
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