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Old 10-05-2011, 12:52 PM   #31
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A leak is no good. How easy would it be to remove your sump for a bit and go crazy with some silicone around the plug?

Do you know if the leak is around the threads (if any) in the plug? If so you can use plumber's thread seal tape around the threads to stop the leak.

Might as well fix the leak now instead of waiting for something to go wrong.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #32
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Good point. Now that I look at it, I'll just need to drain the return pump chamber (so it's dry), and do it right. No sense in always worrying about it.
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i'm surprised that you opted for an internal return pump in the first place. external pumps benefits outweigh leaks, plus, you have the leak anyway.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:45 PM   #34
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What kind of benefits do you see doing the external pump? I was thinking having it in the sump would be beneficial in case the pump itself would start leaking.
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they don't put heat into the water, they last longer, and don't clutter up the sump.
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Sorry to change the subject but what is the normal evap rate for a 220 gallon tank? I'm adding water every two days (like 3 gallons). Is that normal cause it's kind of annoying?
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:14 PM   #37
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Sorry to change the subject but what is the normal evap rate for a 220 gallon tank? I'm adding water every two days (like 3 gallons). Is that normal cause it's kind of annoying?
If you're running an open top that seems about right.
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there is no normal evap rate. it depends on how much humidity is in the room, the temp, surface area...etc. get an auto top off.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:59 PM   #39
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Another question: For my return lines, I have two flexible return lines to the sump. Would you guys recommend using pvc instead of flexible tubing?
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Both work well. I use pvc for most of the lines in my tank. The ends are coupled to flex lines for easier bending etc.
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