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Old 04-25-2011, 05:41 PM   #11
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head loss is the amount of height the pump has to pump to get the water to the dt,it will say in the pump manual what the head loss is at different heights,eg.450ghp pump pumping up 3'= 380gph output to dt head loss of 70gph
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:35 PM   #12
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OK, i made the skimmer, pics in original post.

I cut the lips off the container and lid and cut teeth. I had to silicone on the lid of the container for stability because it was quite flimsy. I will probably either get a clear tube or hide this with rocks as the red is quite ugly LOL.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:38 PM   #13
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Nice. You are making some real progress. keep the pcitures coming!
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Following along also! I will most likely be making one this summer too.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:38 PM   #15
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Thanks guys. Feel free to make suggestions or tell me if I'm doing anything wrong. I'm just doing what i think is right.

Added picture of overflow box. I made a DIY bulkhead with 2 3/4" bushings and silicone around the edges. Then there's a piece of pvc pipe with an elbow. I have a hole cut in the top for the siphon tubing and another hole for air relief.

These containers may be too small.. we'll have to see. I think as long as it is draining and I have the siphon flow adjusted right it will be ok.

I still don't have an idea for hanging the overflow box on the back of the tank. I could use suction cups but that will look awful cutting through the background.

I'm done until tomorrow... tiring day
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:26 PM   #16
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So here's how I was thinking of doing the sump containers.. please forgive my MS Paint skills.



Is there anything else I could/should have in there? Is the order OK?
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could your suction cups not stick to the background? I've never tried anything to stick to it so I'm curious. The only other option I could think of is to attach the two containers like overflow boxes sold by manufacturers
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:06 AM   #18
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Awesome thread! Was just getting ready to start building a sump for my main tank. Never done one before so I'm along for the ride

That link to the GPH rating of PVC is awesome, was going to ask about that but problem solved!
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:15 AM   #19
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Following. Looks good! I'm not a HOB person, but I'd be afraid of anything holding water that's suction cupped to my tank. Then again, I have no experience with anything HOB...
I'll be following this! Looks pretty good. I'll have to see how it ends up in the end. I may steal some ideas from you :P
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This is quite the learning thread. lol Scott better keep us updated.
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