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Old 08-01-2012, 05:22 AM   #11
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Wouldn't gate valves be better? I had heard that by restricting the output you put back pressure on the pump making it work harder than it should, eventually burning it out sooner. To limit my flow to the DT, I put a splitter after the pump out put & have one line run back into the sump with a pvc gate valve attached to control the amount I want diverted from DT. Not sure if this is correct info just what my LFS guys have told me & something I read somewhere. So I do it in the hope my pump lasts longer.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:20 AM   #12
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Wouldn't gate valves be better? I had heard that by restricting the output you put back pressure on the pump making it work harder than it should, eventually burning it out sooner. To limit my flow to the DT, I put a splitter after the pump out put & have one line run back into the sump with a pvc gate valve attached to control the amount I want diverted from DT. Not sure if this is correct info just what my LFS guys have told me & something I read somewhere. So I do it in the hope my pump lasts longer.
This is the ideal way to set it up but unless you are really blocking a pretty substantial amount of water a quality pump shouldn't have a problem
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:29 PM   #13
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Got ya, that makes sense
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:58 PM   #14
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I'm running a mag 9.5 with just a ball valve. I like that idea though I'm gonna look into that idea
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #15
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Yup, i like the idea of the gate valve also.. im glad i dont have my skimmer yet because i would have everything plumbed already.. Im taking my time and it looks likes its gonna pay off..lol.. ty guys...I also was reading here on the forums.. you can just drill a small hole (1/16th or so) in the return line just above the water line in your DT..So if you lose power, the return line will suck air and not drain you tank!!! You will hear a small trickle of water when the pump is running but thats it.. I will definitely drill a hole and i might even use a check valve too..
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:59 PM   #16
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You always want to drill that hole but you never want to rely on it. It could easily get plugged with algae, a snail, gravel, or pretty much anything. The key is to have redundancy to an OCD degree. So drill the hole & have a one way check valve. And as far as taking your time you will learn only bad things happen quickly in this hobby. So take your time & be patient.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:07 PM   #17
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Sounds good, Check valve and hole will be drilled..TY Clam
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:28 PM   #18
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ok, well im making a few changes...I found out i can drill the back of my tank and use an internal overflow box instead of the HOB type ..im getting the 700GPH kit from glass holes.. just ordered tonight

Also ordered the mag 9.5 return pump too

Ohh i just got a Reef Octopus xs160 Skimmer from eBay for 180 bucks used in great shape.. 1 year old..Looks brand new..300 dollar skimmer New.. Should work nicely

Sump will be going together soon

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Old 08-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #19
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Ok progress is being made...

I painted the back of the glass
Drilled hole In rear Glass for new 800 GPH Overflow Kit (Glass-Holes)
Installed Overflow and plumbing to Sump

The Glass for the baffles in the sump will be ready on Monday and i will continue with the rest then

Here's a Few Photos.. Let me know what you think..







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Old 08-25-2012, 09:49 PM   #20
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U might have to tank that check valve out bc there won't be enough pressure to open it I moved mine over to the return so when I loose power it doesn't suck my DT down. I might have gotten the wrong kind of valve just some FYI
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