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Old 12-12-2011, 12:07 AM   #11
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Okay so here is my sump design. Please tell me what you think. I NEED comments and suggestions to better improve my design.
as long as you can get better flow through your sump than that monster pump you will be fine. idk if your filter pad will let that much water through and if the sponge would either.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:16 AM   #12
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ok i didnt read everything. 30g sump would be fine i guess. i dont think i would use such a big pump. the fluval fx5 claims 607gph. and thats rated to a 400 gallon tank. if you can get a pump to match that i think you would be good.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:20 AM   #13
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sorry for all the rapid replies. but when selecting you return pump factor in your head hight, you know about that part, and factor in your pipe length and number of bends for your return plumbing. ive played around alot with my little tank and just one extra 90* for me made a noticeable difference in return volume.
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you said its reef ready? how large of pipe for your in and out? is it dual overflow? sorry if i missed something.
Its a single with a 1inch pipe for the out flow and the input will be 1˝ inch
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kk, diy durso standpipe and i stand by my previous statement to not push 1000+ gph through your sump and you will be good.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:48 AM   #16
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kk, diy durso standpipe and i stand by my previous statement to not push 1000+ gph through your sump and you will be good.
Well the top of the tank sits 8 feet high so I figure its only gonna be 1000 gph plus I will be having one of these (see pic ) so I can lower the gph
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danner mag drive 18 would be a good choice just looking at the specs. 1000gph at 8' after you plumb and with your ball valve on your return line you will have quite a bit of flexibility. that or something with similar specs. are you planning to use a submersible pump or external?
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danner mag drive 18 would be a good choice just looking at the specs. 1000gph at 8' after you plumb and with your ball valve on your return line you will have quite a bit of flexibility. that or something with similar specs. are you planning to use a submersible pump or external?
Its a submersible and the only reason I'm going with the pond pump is because its 100 bucks and those others like the magazine drive are insanely expensive IMO
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Okay so I have figured out what fish I want in there. Definitely a tiger Oscar. Its a very pretty fish. Anyone know about Oscars/cichlids
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They are messy over eaters and great fish to have. If anything can fit in its mouth it's at risk of being food. They need plenty of room to live in and can get hole in the head/ lateral line erosion if they are over fed or too poor of water quality. And can be aggressive.
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