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Old 08-20-2008, 12:33 AM   #11
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I do not understand the drilling of the return line to break the siphon. Do you mean to return from the sump to the tank?

Also, you only have 1" of water in your fuge?
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:26 AM   #12
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okay when you have your return line in the tank its going suck all the water back into the sump if the power goes out. so if you have your return pipe in the water 2" the it will suck the water until the air breaks the siphon. then all that water will go back into your sump and possibly flood the area where your aquarium is. so with that being said

okay the blue is your water level when it is running. the red symbolizes when you have a power outage. the direction the water will flow. where it says drill here thats where you need to put the hole to break the siphon incase of the power outage. you want to drill just below the water line. be careful if you make the hole pointing to the top of the tank it will just shoot water out.



hope this helps you understand it more
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:29 AM   #13
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also no i put 1" pipe from the fuge to the sump. the higher the pipe the higher the water level in the fuge.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:33 AM   #14
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Thanks.

That makes alot more sense to me now.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:38 AM   #15
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Hopefully this will not cause any confusion, but I actually do the complete opposite. I chose to use the water that comes from the tank and split it's flow to direct it to both the fuge and the sump. The fuge drains into the sump just as drawn and the remainder of the water from the tank also drains into the sump.

ThatGuy619, you may have other experience with this setup, but it seems to me that the pump will likely move more water to the fuge than up into the tank. The whole 'path of least resistance' rule.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:37 AM   #16
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well you can do it either way

the path of least resistance is true which is why i incorperated a valve on the line going into the fuge. that way it can be 3/4 of the way open. thus providing more resistance then the pipe going back to the tank

on my setup i have 2 drains from my overflow. one to the fuge and one to the sump. on my friends he has one drain and he is runing the system i told sir otis to run. no issues. so really its your preference either way will work
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:35 PM   #17
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i have 1 inch pipe coming from my over flow to some tubing which i have a ball valve in case i ever want to shut off water flow the fuge, also, some good plants to put in your fuge would be some feather calpura, i put some in my main tank which i saw how fast i was growing, i still have it in there but i put some in my fuge to grow im keeping an eye on it, to give you an idea as to how fast this thing grows ive included a picture, now im not pulling your leg on this one, this all honesty, the really long leaf on the right side of the plant, in just two days, it grew to that size from the tiny leaf just to its left.


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also i forgot to mention, if the surface skimmer part of your overflow box ( the box that sits in your tank ) to me is the most important thing of having a sump/fuge, keep it as high as you can so that the water level in the tank stays high and so that if the power ever goes out, you will only drain out a very small amount of water.

also, if your overflow box is really loud while it draining water, just get a plastic grocery bag, ball it up, and shove it in the top, works a charm.
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also, if your overflow box is really loud while it draining water, just get a plastic grocery bag, ball it up, and shove it in the top, works a charm.

can you say flow slow down!!!!!!
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hey, the pipe from my tank leads to a bunch of bulk filter media i have in an upside down water jug w/ the bottom removed as im currently adding new sand to existing sand.

i filter water very quickly, i like it this way, and my tank has never looked better. it looks so clean. i think adding the sugar sized sand on top of the old sand makes a huge diff, i thought my water was dirty till i decided to clean the glass, things are looking great.
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