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Old 07-25-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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Too much flow in sump?

Well after reading some posts on flow in the tank. I have concluded that it is good to have a lot of flow.

But my question is what about in a sump?

Will too much flow going through my sump result in a decline in performance for my skimmer?

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I dont think it matters in a sump but in a refugium is a different matter.
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Ok thanks just making sure.

Still working on the sump heh.

Dont want to glue the baffles until im for sure for sure. =p
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I dont think it matters in a sump but in a refugium is a different matter.
Why??
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well i know in a refugium less flow is required for proper cultivation of pods and stuff.
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My Refugium has great flow and Massive amounts of pods. If its designed right the water flow even if intense will just kinda flow over the top portion of the refugium section and the water in the lower part of the Refugium section will be pretty stable.
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Will too much flow going through my sump result in a decline in performance for my skimmer?
No. The skimmer will pull the same amount of water into it no matter how much is flowing thru the sump. That's a great skimmer you have. But, if you have any live rock or lr rubble, or any chemical media (carbon, gfo, etc) in the sump, too much flow will cut their efficiency. The recommended flow thru a sump is 5-10x the tank volume.
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Ok cool. The LR will be in the refugium and the carbon will be in a two fishes phosphate reactor.

Both controlled by a ballvalve.

I will have a small 3x3 area of LR rubble in the first chamber and the pipe will go in there to prevent salt splash.

(similiar to what you see in the top right of this pic)

http://www.melevsreef.com/acrylics/s..._model_a_1.jpg
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Ok cool. The LR will be in the refugium and the carbon will be in a two fishes phosphate reactor.

Both controlled by a ballvalve.

I will have a small 3x3 area of LR rubble in the first chamber and the pipe will go in there to prevent salt splash.

(similiar to what you see in the top right of this pic)

http://www.melevsreef.com/acrylics/s..._model_a_1.jpg
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If you use a ball-valve to minimize the flow on the return line make sure you T off from the pump so it splits the flow back into the return pump section The ball valve goes on the pipe split off from the return line back into the sump. You don't want to restrict the pumps flow at all its hard on the pump and will cause it to break faster and also can create micro bubbles from what I understand.
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Just as an FYI the flow through a Fuge should be around 300gph. More then that and you are defeating the purpose. Less and you can end up with skum on the surface. I keep mine about 350gph or so. The idea behind a fuge is for your water to linger with the Macro for an extended period of time. This allows the Macro to remove nutrients in the water. The pod growth is an extra benefit of the fuge.
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