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Old 10-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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trying to get my sump working? need help

Trying to get my sump working with out any luck... I'm using a lifereef overflow and a mag 9.5 return pump. As you can see from picture my intake has to much water and return side not enough about 3 inches to much in the intake and 3 inches to less in the return. no matter how I adjust the flow I cant get them to switch. the lifereef has a inner and outer box the inner is adjustable up and down. if I adjust to far down letting more water flow it just spits and gurgles inside intake sump area and very noisy splashing water, but then I can adjust the return to correct level but intake is still to high. any ideas????? im lost did I baffle the sump correct?
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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The first set of baffles, does the water flow under the second one, or over? If under, how much space is between the baffle and the bottom of the tank?
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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And by first set of baffles I meant the 3 on the left... After the skimmer.
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And by first set of baffles I meant the 3 on the left... After the skimmer.
over under over 1" between and 1" off floor
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:23 PM   #5
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The water is going to do this, with the way the baffles are designed... The subsequent chambers after the first cant hold a higher water level than the first, due to gravity. It will fill up until it has a chance to flow downward...
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The water is going to do this, with the way the baffles are designed... The subsequent chambers after the first cant hold a higher water level than the first, due to gravity. It will fill up until it has a chance to flow downward...
ok so what your saying is I need at lower baffle 3 and 4?
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:28 PM   #7
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What is your goal with the sump? You really don't even need baffle 1 and 2, you can have the chambers be the same water height in the first 2 sections. There really isn't a need for an up and over 2 times, as the second set of baffles will act as the bubble trap. Your last, or return, chamber will always be the lowest (keep in mind you will see your evap from this chamber as well)
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #8
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Here was my original design...

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What is your goal with the sump? You really don't even need baffle 1 and 2, you can have the chambers be the same water height in the first 2 sections. There really isn't a need for an up and over 2 times, as the second set of baffles will act as the bubble trap. Your last, or return, chamber will always be the lowest (keep in mind you will see your evap from this chamber as well)
I was trying to keep intake at 10" for the skimmer to work properly if I lowered baffle 3 and 4 by a few inches would that help my situation?
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:32 PM   #10
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Baffle 1, as long as its an "over" will be your first chamber depth. If you want 10" of water, make it 10" high. 3 and 4 will be the depth of chamber 2, as long as its equal or less than chamber 1...
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