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Old 06-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #11
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I tried using a ball valve on the return line and my pump was over heating. Guess I could have gone and bought a different pump with less power but its a two hour drive so instead I made a bigger overflow with a ball valve in it and I only have to close the valve a tiny bit and the over flow and return pump are almost perfect. But I still couldn't match them perfect so I made my pump slightly faster then my overflow and rigged up a float on the pump so when the last chamber gets low the pump shuts off for a few seconds and the chamber refills. My pump only shuts off for a few seconds every 20 minutes or so. It's a new DIY setup that's been running for three days and so far so good.
That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

BTW, how do you know the pump was overheating? Choking a pump back is good for it and it will actually use less electricity. I don't see how it would run hot this way.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #12
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That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

BTW, how do you know the pump was overheating? Choking a pump back is good for it and it will actually use less electricity. I don't see how it would run hot this way.
Doug, I was hoping you were lurking about and were going to comment on that !
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Thank you dary I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me it made things alot more clear thanks!
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Thank you dary I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me it made things alot more clear thanks!
You're welcome Regan,.... It's a real easy concept just a little tough to explain ,..once dialed in you'll prob never have to touch those settings again.
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Alright so I'm having a pretty hard struggle getting it exactly to the spot where I need it I've been trying for an hour now any suggestions?
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I let it run for an hour and when I took the rubber line off the nipple on the pump it was warped and deformed.
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I let it run for an hour and when I took the rubber line off the nipple on the pump it was warped and deformed.
I don't know what you mean. What nipple? What rubber line? What kind of pump was this?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:07 AM   #18
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Are you using a home made overflow?

I had the same issue I messed with it for hours and the sump would either head towards overflowing or my pump would gurgle air because the last chamber was always empty. I was stumped but for now the float works until I can get three hours away to a pet shop and buy a new overflow and return pump that's faster.

Just curious why the float idea is a disaster waiting to happen? Just because if the float fails my sump will either run none stop or shut off?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:25 AM   #19
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Yea is the DIY overflow the only reason why in having such a struggle and I know our feeling my reef lfs is so far away thanks to living in Alaska
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:28 AM   #20
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The fitting in the picture screws into the top of the pump and my hose going back to my main tank hooks to it. When I took the hose off the fitting it was warped and wasn't a perfect circle anymore. Heat was the only thing I could come up with.
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