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Old 12-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #21
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na..they come in assorted colors from the locline company. btw, just bring the pvc adapter with you to the lfs and check that way.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:21 PM   #22
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Afterthe pvc has been primed and cemented what is the proper process to be sure it's safe for the tank? 24 hours to cure then thouroughly rinse?
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i had water running through them in 5 minutes. as soon as it's dry, it's fine.
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:21 PM   #24
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Well everything is now cut and pre-assembled. Finished it all up on lunch break. Cut the pipe to size and made sure everything fit together nicely. That loc-line adapter ended up going into the elbow I bought. Not as easily as the other PVC pieces but it'll work fine.

I have another home project to work on when I get home (repairing tiles in the bathroom, yay) but after that it'll be time to plumb the tank! I should have about 30g of RO/DI water brewed so I can get that into the tank and start circulating it as well.

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looks marvelous!
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:36 PM   #26
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Hopefully I'll have some photos to post tonight of some real progress!
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:11 PM   #27
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The only reason I put the ball valve in was so that I had a way of reducing return water from the Mag 9.5 if need be? The drain is capable of 600gph correct? The Mag 9.5 should be pushing that much plus some?
A ball valve in line is not the ideal way to chock down the flow from a pump. Yes, it will work, but the increased resistance will shorten the life of the pump.

The better way is to run a T from the pump, one arm goes to the display, the other arm diverts water back into the sump. You put the valve in the return arm to control the diverted flow.

This is a pic of how Melevsreef did it:
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actually, it's the opposite. putting a ball valve at the exhaust port of a pump will lengthen it's life and use less electricity.
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actually, it's the opposite. putting a ball valve at the exhaust port of a pump will lengthen it's life and use less electricity.
That makes more sense to me. On the flow chart for the 9.5 it will pump a 13' head height which takes it down to 100gph. If I restrict it to 500-600gph that's no worse than the pressure from an 8' head height right?
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correct. it's not going to hurt it. now, if you were to restrict it from the intake end of the pump, then you are causing damage.
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