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Old 04-16-2014, 02:02 AM   #41
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Awesome news today! I bought a "broken" skimmer for $50, all it needed was a pump, and I thought I could find a replacement pretty easily. Well after I looked at the pump I realized it had an elastic band stuck in it. Pulled it out and now the pump works perfectly! All I'm missing is live rock, salt, sand, a test kit and to figure out this plumbing situation!!!
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:22 AM   #42
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Please include your location in your post or profile as there may be someone local that may give you a deal or a hand with your system. Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:24 AM   #43
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I can't updated my profile off my phone I don't think? And I did mention that I was in Manitoba, I don't want to put the exact location, but if anyone's in the area they can pm me (:
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:44 PM   #44
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I'm sorry for all the newbie questions guys but

1. Does the intake pipe actually go below the water line in the sump? Or above it?

2. I found some connections, and my sump is shorter (length wise) then me tank, so is 2 90 degree turns going to be a problem to line it up to the bulkheads? Click image for larger version

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Below the water for sure. Otherwise it will be very loud.
I would use flexible pipe...but if not, the elbows won't hurt anything. You are going to want them both at one end, not one on each side.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:47 PM   #46
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What do you mean both on one side? My tanks drilled with on overflow on each side...
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #47
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What does everyone think? There not glued into the tank yet, because I'll probably have to adjust it when I get a pump.

Both the drain and return have a ball valve. (I like the convenience of being able to just shut it all off)

Made my very own durso standpipe.

I think for the return I'm going to add some flexible tubing so the water is pushed out more into the tank and not just splashing on the surface, I might add a valve too if I do that (I'm sure my sump could hold the extra water though if there was a power outage)
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:28 PM   #48
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Hey that looks great, hope it works as good as it looks

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:36 AM   #49
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Where will your return pump be located?
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Yes, that sump isn't making sense. Make both drains enter one side of the sump. Then if you want a refugium compartment, add it, then a bubble trap, then your return pump. It doesn't matter if you have 2 drains. You have 2 drains at opposite sides of the tank so the surface can be skimmed at both sides.
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