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Old 05-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #11
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No. The overflow drains directly into the first section of the sump. That is also where the skimmer is normally housed. The skimmer has its own pump to pump water and infused air into the skimmer chamber. the outflow from the skimmer is normally oriented away from the skimmer pump and towards the next section.
The return pump then feeds to a return nozzle located near the top of the tank, and preferably on the opposite side from the overflow, but still on the back side.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:35 PM   #12
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Alright ya that's makes more sense..but after the skimmer do you need any piping or pumps to get it through to the refugium then to the return pump? Like I guess my question is how does the water get from chamber to chamber?
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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The baffles aren't usually the same height or 1 baffle sits off the bottom so that water is either priced over baffle or under baffle. Water should flow from left to right or whichever way your return pump pulls.
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Alright that's what I thought
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:17 PM   #15
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I agree...just be sure to get an overflow valve in case your power goes off. Your tank would start to siphon and overflow your sump, leaving a river of water all over your floors.
Drilling a small hole in the return pipe just above the water line will prevent it from siphoning water from the tank to the sump. A small jet of water will shoot out of the hole; this is normal. Be sure that the hole points to towards the tank (and not outside of the tank). Gunk, algae, and salt deposits might clog the hole; clearing it with a toothpick from time to time helps.
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How does the water flow to the sump? Does the overflow box take care of that?
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:56 PM   #17
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The overflows take water to sump, then through chambers, then return pump pumps water back into tank. You will need to run a light over refug. Also know that having a sump causes more water evaporation. So have ro water on hand for top offs.
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