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Old 07-18-2011, 08:22 PM   #51
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Coffeetwitch...I just read your name...awesome!! Getting some rough ideas laid out?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #52
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There you go. The tank is currently empty but it's setup. The overflow os on the left and return on right.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #53
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yes i am getting a very good idea... thank you... i like coffee, what can i say?

good pictures too from both of you... defiantly tanks some of the lost in the sauce out of the equation.

is that 3/4 or 1" pipe your using? how did you get your measurements for glass heights and placement and for your overflow tube?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:52 PM   #54
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i believe my pipes are 3/4 inside diameter.. cant help ya on glass placement
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #55
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Yes the pump isnt able to pump full speed, but unless you are slowing it electronically its still trying to pump full bore.
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My pump is 485gph. At 4 feet it is pumping almost half at about 250gph. My pump only has to go about 2 feet so it's not an issue but for him a 900gph pump or more is necessary. And if it's too much, he can do what I did and throttle it back by using a t joint and a ball valve to reduce how much is pumped back.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:40 AM   #57
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ok, im starting to get a grasp of some of this, even on baffle set up... but still uncertain on recommended brand names. i was given a name for a power head for in tank circulation earlier in this thread. thank you sir...

what would be a good protein skimmer for my set up? whats a good name in pumps to return to the tank... i think i like the idea of having that 900 gph with a "T" and ball valves to return to the refugium and help regulate flow to the tank. im also starting to look at eshopps overflow box still rated at 600 gph. so im thinking 900 would be a good match or maybe with a recommendation i can look at what other pumps would be a better match with that flow rate.

ive had a good time listening and learning today, thank you for that. just need names of manufacturers or what you ladies and gentlemen use.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:43 AM   #58
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I learned the hard way with overflow boxes. lol I now use a continious siphon one that doesnt have those tubes that loose siphon so easily.

I have this one but rated for 1200gph. This one is 600 gph

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Old 07-19-2011, 01:50 AM   #59
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im sold thank you.... youve been very helpful carey. i was looking at ebay for skimmers and found a marineland(i think also sold local at a few different stores) octopus, and found a vertex. all rated for a 100 gallon tank. is that too much on a 55 gallon? i like over kill but i can refrain if it is counter productive. in every ones sump, how high do you keep your water level, i figure that info would be handy when i have glass cut for my baffles.
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Yes the pump isnt able to pump full speed, but unless you are slowing it electronically its still trying to pump full bore.

true story. thats the way it is in hydrolic systems on heavy equipment.. but they use pressure relief valves. thats why i like the idea of a "t". if you go pump then "t" with a ball valve on the line running back to the refugium the pump can run full tilt with out restriction and will not damage anything mechanical. that leg of the return system being the path of least resistance and there by making it the control.
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