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Old 05-23-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Plumbing question to refugium

I am putting a 125g salt in my wall. Now the height of the tank from the floor is going to only be at the most 11 1/2". I made a custom refugium. That is 48"x 12"x 12" my plumbing is going to be flex hose and this is how far the overflow plumbing sticks down.


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This is My fresh 55g fresh. The salt is going in underneath this tank. I am leaving myself only 1' to do maintenance. I know gravity and the pressure of the water should let me do somewhat of an incline. But how should I plumb this?? I have looked around for stuff like this but found nothing. Lmk
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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Anyone????
Any advice would be wonderful.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Not really too sure what you're trying to do here. Maybe clarify a bit and someone could chime in...
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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I have a 125g salt that I am putting in my basement wall. The bottom of the tank is going to be 11 1/2 inches from the concrete. The plumbing that goes down the middle of the tank and comes out the bottom sticks down about 7 inches. To the plumbing would go from an incline basically 4 inches to about a little bit over a foot. The incline would stretch about 4 1/2 feet to my sump. Will the water pressure/ gravity pushing the water down the overflow be enough to go the span of o little over 4 feet on an incline from 4" to a little over 12 inches? Hope that can sum it up a little better..
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #7
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That's the best drawing Incan do. Lol.


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Old 05-24-2013, 06:17 PM   #8
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It'll work. The plumbing will be a bit like having multiple sumps. You'll still have water pressure working to drain the main tank. It may be awkward to plumb and work on but it should be ok as long as the main tank has a normal surface style overflow. Shouldn't be to different from a normal setup. I can't say if the drain flow rate will be less than a higher tank. You may want to go with a return pump that's rated at less GPH than you would with a higher tank. You may not have the same head pressure because the tank is so low. Remember, the drain rate will depend on the size of your drain lines and any bends that may constrict the flow. A modest return pump might be a good idea.
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Five inches of back grade will slow your overflow drain down some. How far of a distance away are the two tanks? You may find your pump pushing water faster than the overflow is draining if its a long run.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:40 PM   #10
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That's a pic of the overflow.

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I am going to get at lease a 1300gph return.there will e a ball valve in there if I have to turn it off or restrict the flow. But also I think the return pump it a variable one. Incan set the flow rate. Sound good?
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