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Old 07-01-2015, 07:48 PM   #11
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You aren't going to use this for flow, just to feed the components in the sump. I'd go with a mag7 or 9.5 or a Quiet One 3000-4000. As long as the pumps on the components in the sump aren't larger than the return, everything will run at peak efficiency.

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1" bulkhead going straight down is rated for something in the 600 GPH.

Never rely on your return/filter pump for water movement. Your protein skimmer is a beautiful piece of equipment that will seriously help improve your water quality. You want water to move SLOWLY past the skimmer so it can collect more particulates. Ideally a skimmer is also after mechanical filtration. Water passing through a refugium would also be better off at slower rates. I recommend aquarist AIM for a 5x turnover rate in the sump.

Try to use flex tubing as this will decrease micro bubbles and is just easier to work with imo. I would use 3/4" flex on your overflow from the 1" bulkhead after an immediate 90 degree

I wouldn't want a loud expensive vibrating pump when it's not necessary for most applications.

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pump, sump

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