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Old 02-11-2013, 01:59 AM   #1
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If you notice my return has plenty of micro bubbles in it

Hi there, i have a few noob questions... Thanks in advance! I took pictures of my sump water levels and overflow levels. If you notice my return has plenty of micro bubbles in it. How can i reduce that 10 fold? Should i have more water in my sump? I added more RO DI water directly in to pump compartment and it reduced the micro bubbles and noise. However my overflow area is about two inches from topping off. Im stable but my concern is proper flow and adding to much water. Should i increase the flow coming into the sump? due to an L shaped piping the overflow came with, It bends the tubing slightly obstructing it's flow. My protein skimmer is set to 0" at the moment. when i set it to 6"(max) the bubbles do not reach over into the collection cup anymore. It did at first... Thanks again!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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I am looking at this on my phone so the photo is pretty small but it looks like the pumps are not submerged, if that is the case than that is probably the source of the bubbles (you probably already knew that though) I would say you need to either increase the flow into the sump or reduce the flow from the pump so they will remain under water.
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I agree with mink. Also id look at putting a sponge between the 3rd and 4th chamber walls. Should help with microbubbles
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I am looking at this on my phone so the photo is pretty small but it looks like the pumps are not submerged, if that is the case than that is probably the source of the bubbles (you probably already knew that though) I would say you need to either increase the flow into the sump or reduce the flow from the pump so they will remain under water.

Thanks Minkota! I am investing in a sock for the drain tube and a PVC ball valve for the return tube. I also was wondering if i can submerge it somehow? I'm in a catch 22... If i add 2 more inches of water my overflow will reach the se level as my tank water. And i don't see that being a good thing. Should i add my ball valve to the return line sump end or overflow end? Thanks again to the both of you.
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I agree with mink. Also look at puting a sponge in that last chamber area so te water will flow through it.
I will try this also, thanks Huma
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It is better to restrict the flow back into the tank than restrict the flow to your pumps
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It is better to restrict the flow back into the tank than restrict the flow to your pumps
That's a big 10-4. Apparently after 9-11, the sell of PVC ball valves are forbidden in the downtown area of manhattan, where i work. I am going to ebay it but first i'm waiting for a reply from the manufacturer on measurements of my pipe fittings and return hose.
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Yeah you def will want to install a t-valve on your return line. On the end of the t-valve(the end flowing back to the dump), install the ball valve. Simply open or close the valve to meet the flow you need. Also I'd like to add that you should only run your sump/ refugium at 50% water level. Reason being is if you have a power failure or your pump, you don't want the tank to overflow from the backflip of water. Easiest way to establish your limit is simply measure your water level while running, then shut it down, let it fill up till it stops, then measure again. The difference in heights will be how far down from the edge you'll want to run your waterline. If its confusing I'll explain it like this. My refugium water line moves up about 4 inches when I shut my pump down, therefore I need to keep my waterline atleast 4" down from the edge when my pumps on.
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You don't want to restrict your return pump to much.
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Or just get a smaller pump (less gph), or make the syphon tube/pipe bigger
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