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Old 04-28-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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sump setup for 125 gal.

here are some pics of my design I have 3 sections and a refigium. The first section Inlet is the far right side, were the bioballs will be, then it flows into the skimmer and heater section. Last is the return chamber. above the return is the refugium
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would like to here what you think, only have about 80$ in sump so far. I cant decide on what over flow box to use. Would 300 gal per hour be enough flow or do I need more flow. It is around 4 ft to sump from top of tank. Also should I use pvc pipe or tubing 1in? thanks for the help
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1200 gph>? That's what I would go with.
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Agree, 1200. Any particular reason you went with bioballs vs live rock rubble?
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:39 AM   #5
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thanks for input, That is alot of flow. I would have to upgradet the return pump I bought. It is a Rio but I lose alot of head pressure moving water up 4 ft to tank. I have'nt bought bio balls yet, so smaller peices of rock would work better? Any ideas on a good overflow box for that much flow.This is a fish only tank and I also already have a rena XP3, and two power heads, would I still need that much flow with other filters?
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It's not uncommon to see dual 1200 overflows on a 125. Is that a 50g sump?
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Yes it is a 50g sump, I still have'nt filled each section to see how much water they will take. Also should I put a top on the sump or leave it open? This was a all in one tank but I had to change it to fit under stand. Here is a pic of the back side where more rock can go and my heater.
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that's a really nice looking sump! Your pump should keep up with your overflow becase it only overflows what your pump returns. I just installed a 1200 gph overflow with a rio 2100 and they work great togther
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I leave mine open to help with gas exchange and some PH issues I struggle with. You can go with whatever size overflow you want but in the end you may need more PH's to make up for the decreased flow. I run a 600 on my 90 and have 2 k4's and a canister filter running. Some days I think I still need more flow
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I have a 40 gallon long under my 125. I have a mag 12 and a mag 9.5 on my returns. Dual overflows in the tank.
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