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Old 08-25-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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HELP!!!! Building a Sump

Okay, so here's the story of a Man Named Brady ... bringing up 2 very lovely fish tanks ...

We decided to dive into the art of Reef Tanks. We migrated our Freshwater fish from our 29 GAL Acrylic to a 60 GAL Glass to make room for our expansion.

We were out one day, and stopped in at a store, and picked up what they recommended to be on of the "best" in-sump skimmers on the market - a ViaAqua SK-200. We dropped this in a $9 10 GAL glass tank in the cabinet underneath. We've got a Penguin BIO-Wheel in the SUMP now, but that will be removed before we add Live Rock.

Now, here's where we may be making a mistake ... We have a RENA XP-1 pulling water out of the tank, filtering, and then dropping into the SUMP.

The SUMP has a 100 W heater, the in-sump skimmer, and a RIO 14HF return pump with a ball-valve attached to regulate the flow.

Now, I don't know if the RENA filter has a ever-changing flow, that isn't constant or not, but we can't get the return to stabilize.

Any ideas??

PLEASE Help!
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Old 08-26-2005, 12:00 AM   #2
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Check out this site:
http://www.melevsreef.com/
search around in it really well, It should answer most of your questions. It also has a really good anamation of how an overflow, sump, and pump all work together.
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Thank you!

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Check out this site:
http://www.melevsreef.com/
search around in it really well, It should answer most of your questions. It also has a really good anamation of how an overflow, sump, and pump all work together.
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Thanks for your quick response! This gave me a lot of insight to this whole process!

Any suggestions for an overflow box?

We've got a RIO 14HF pump (840 gph/10 ft. - flow/max head). What would suit that? We've got approx 5 ft head on it now.
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