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Old 09-17-2006, 10:22 AM   #1
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Pump size?

I would like some info on pump sizes for proper flow and turn over on a 150 gal. tank?Is there a calculation?I have 3' head pressure.Thank you in advance.

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Are you talking water flow in the main tank? Or are you talking about a pump that will pump water into/out of the tanks from something lioke a sump/fuge?
If you are talking water movment in the main tank, you would want at least 10x.

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I was talking from sump to the main tank.I just purchased a Blueline 20 hd mag. pump 480 g.p.h. @ 4' head for that purpose, and was wondering if thats enought?
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Depends on what the overflow is rated at. You should base your return pump on the overflow rating not the flow you want to have in the tank. I am sure that pump will work but for a reef, you will want more water movement than that. PH's or a closed loop can take care of that though.

If you have 2 internal overflows, you should be able to handle 1200 gph through them. A typical AGA overflow will handle 600+. Not sure what you have though.
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