Well after searching and searching for a skimmer to fit my stand compartment, I officially have up, decided to just build my sump and look into buying a HOB
skimmer. So if anyone has suggestions for a good HOB
skimmer for 65+ gallons, please let me know.
We have glued in the baffles in the sump, started to glue the return nozzle, and dry fit the other parts. We should be glueing the rest today.
Here's the simple design we followed (I found this outline online, I cannot take credit for the illustration) We did make a few modifications however, but I'm not sure how to sketch them on a design software, so later I'll upload my hand sketches later.
We modified the baffle gap between the bubble trap, 1inch between the first two, and 2 inch between the second gap- so I could add filter media (white sponge, and 1 1/2 in bio balls)
We also added a second bubble trap before the return pump. We just added an extra baffle forcing the water to go "over" then "under" before reaching the pump.
Lastly, we modified the spacing of the compartments.
My pump has a small foot print: 6.11" L x 4.02" W x 4.33" H, so our return compartment is 12 X 5.
Since I'm not using an in-sump skimmer, I made my refugium larger, which now can hold my heater (~15 in long) the refugium is 17 inches long.
And the input compartment is a little under 5 inches long.
I'm not sure what to add into the first compartment, if anything. So if you have any suggestions (with cheap/ affordable options)?
I calculated that anywhere from 2-4 gallons would drain from my tank in a power outage. My baffles are 8in tall, leaving me about 5.5 (max fill point, before flooding). I plan on doing simulations to check, once everything is set up. We now live in the country and every time we get a large storm we lose power for an hour up to 3+ hours... (Once to twice a month) and currently I don't have a budget for a back up power source.
My boyfriend also found a check valve at Menards for me, but it has a spring. It seems to take a decent pressure to keep the valve open, so I'm not sure how much it will affect my pressure from my pump, and if I will be able to use it...
I would like to take every precaution I can, to avoid flooding. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
**Also, after a power outage, will the vacuum be lost from my "candy cane" overflow? Would my display tank then overflow? How can I prevent that?
My plumbing is 1 inch PVC
, I had a friend help me pick out the parts. I have 90's for the return, and 45's for the input (does that sound correct)?
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