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Old 01-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #11
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In theory it would be easiest to fill the display and then when it's full, it will start to drain into the sump and fill THAT. (Well... Don't FILL the sump, you need to leave enough empty volume for your tank to drain to the level of the overflows in the event of a power failure!)

But if lifting the water (buckets?) high enough to fill the main tank is a problem, you could fill the sump, then let the return pump fill the display tank... You'll just have to keep adding water to the sump... Fast enough to keep the pump covered, but slow enough that you don't overflow the sump.
In fact, having the bucket elevated just barely above the sump would allow you to just use a hose and siphon from the bucket into the sump... No lifting/pouring required!)

In the future, you can probably handle all water changes and top-offs through the sump.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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I have the same type of drain setup, although a different sump. That drain can be completely silent which is great. You start with the main gate valve wide open then close it bit by bit till the water level climbs to the secondary drain and just starts to overflow the level will stabilize. There is no flow when tuned just right.
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I have a python, I did the bucket thing with my 55g now never again! So fill the main tank while filling the sump with I guess a bucket (spoke to soon!) ?
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #14
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How do you quiet the sump intake? It's so noisy sucking water down!!!!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:12 AM   #15
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To make it quieter the larger drain should be about 1" higher than the lower gated drain. Slowly close the gate valve until the water level rises and just starts to flow into the higher pipe. When tweaked just right the system makes no noise.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:42 PM   #16
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My over flow is 6 inches higher than my main drain
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:56 PM   #17
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Never mind I fixed it thanks for inspiring me I just turned the drain flow down so the water is about an inch above the drain. I was to scared to mess with it before!
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