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Old 07-18-2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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Overflow Box/Return Pump

Im looking to make a sump for my 55g upcoming reef, and wondering what would be a good over flow box. Drilling the Tank isnt gonna happen so im looking for a decent overflow box and return pump. Im not sure whats a good flow rate, as in GPH for Both. Please Help!
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:05 PM   #2
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Ok so after little reserch Ive come up with a plan for everyone to shoot holes in and tell me whats wrong?

Idea is a 20 Gallon Long DYI Sump with overflow boxes.'

For the Overflow box im looking at this 800GPH - Reef Aquarium Filtration: Eshopps Overflow Boxes

For the Return Pump im looking at a Mag drive 7 Pushing 700GPH - Aquarium Water Pumps: Supreme Classic Mag Drive Pump

I understand due to gavity im not gonna really get 700GPH but Im really shooting for around 600. How does this look, please give me some ideas and Tips!
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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I'd add another U tube to the overflow just in case one lose's it's siphon or get an aqua lifter pump
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:29 AM   #4
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I've never used overflow boxes personally. But I've read on here that the eshopps one isn't great. The CPR model has an aqua lifter pump in it. Pretty sure they have a 600gph model too.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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I've never used overflow boxes personally. But I've read on here that the eshopps one isn't great. The CPR model has an aqua lifter pump in it. Pretty sure they have a 600gph model too.
I think Ill go with the CPR.
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The gph of the return pump is really going to depend on how much head you are giving it. I have a mag drive 9.5 at about 4 feet and I get roughly 600gph
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I have esshops overflow running 2 years. Never lost siphon. I start and stop my return pump all the time. Overflow box doesn't miss a beat. No need for aqua lifter pump because of the way the box is setup the U tube is always under water. I also use a mag 9.5 going up about 5 ft.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:48 AM   #8
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I have esshops overflow running 2 years. Never lost siphon. I start and stop my return pump all the time. Overflow box doesn't miss a beat. No need for aqua lifter pump because of the way the box is setup the U tube is always under water. I also use a mag 9.5 going up about 5 ft.
Hmmm, Make me wonder. Im All about saving money, and im building this Reef of a Budget. Maybe Ill look into em both some more. Anyone else habe a Esshops Overflow box?
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #9
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I found mine on eBay CPR replica 600gph and I made my own sump last week 20L on a 55g also. I'm driving my sump with a mag 9.5 running 7ft head
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Make your own sump/ refug n I'm in the same boat I have a 55 again n not drilled. Get a slimmer build your own sump I'll give you a link on YouTube for it it's easy and as for the overflow boxes I need help with that too lol
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