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Old 09-20-2011, 04:04 PM   #41
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What sump pump do you use? Any recommendations?
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:08 PM   #42
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I went cheap and got a rio hyperflow that does 1500 gph but they make others as well. The mag drives come highly recommended but I didn't have the cash. LOL

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Old 09-20-2011, 04:13 PM   #43
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Oh no, I have just one return pump. I have the aqualifter on the overflow so that the continous siphon overflow I bought works.

I also think a dual return pump setup has too many what if's plus I wanted to keep it really really simple. lol
So you use the aqualifter's vacuum to remove the air in the siphon should the siphon break? Sounds like that would work.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:14 PM   #44
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CPR CS102 SIPHON AQUARIUM OVERFLOW BOX by CPR Aquatic - AquaCave
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Any reason you couldn't use a pond pump from HD or Lowes? I have an extra from when I upgraded to a larger pump for my pond. It would be overkill but with a ball valve I could neck it down.

By the way. I hope you don't mind my butting in on this thread GreenMonster. Say the word and I will follow along "silently".
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It's come up before in threads about using pond pumps but it's always been discouraged. Not sure if it just can't handle the flow or if it's because it's not made for saltwater and they give out too soon. But I know alot of people came up with reasons NOT to use one. :-(
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It's come up before in threads about using pond pumps but it's always been discouraged. Not sure if it just can't handle the flow or if it's because it's not made for saltwater and they give out too soon. But I know alot of people came up with reasons NOT to use one. :-(
LOL Lots of people just repeat what someone else has said. LOL I am very guilty of that myself. However, I try to understand what they are saying and evaluate it before I regurgitate it. Now, having said that, your comment about not holding up to salt water is a very good one that I hadn't considered. Going to have to look into it a little more but, when I have taken the pond pumps apart to clean them it seams everything is plastic if I remember right. Might be a screw or two but I bet they are stainless steel which should stand up to SW (doing an etching plant right now that uses a salt based solution. We are using all stainless steel for that very reason).
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Does anyone know of a site or article that I could go to that will show and teach
me how to install a sump pump and return lines and everything?
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For the most part protein skimmers are usually located within the first chamber, but I see that some are located in the second and sometimes third chambers... Is their a benefit to doing this?
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