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Old 10-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #11
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Do the filter sock/filter floss if replaced/cleaned weekly will prevent clogging right?
I would think that it would. What will be inside the tank. If anything large gets caught in there it could still clog.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:49 PM   #12
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I would think that it would. What will be inside the tank. If anything large gets caught in there it could still clog.
Well I'd have something around the intake so big things can't get in.either a done block or a grid wrapped around above the intake
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Drilled or a hang on back overflow system?
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:41 PM   #14
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Drilled or a hang on back overflow system?
Drilled.I've heard to many nightmares about hobs... I'm going to use a 1 3/4 inch bit with a 1" bulkhead. Our should I get a bigger one?
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Depends on your return pipe. Good rule of thumb is to double your overflow pipe. 2 inches intake should have 4 inches overflow. Primary used for safty. Water coming in is being pumped and forced in water leaving is going at its own pace.
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Depends on your return pipe. Good rule of thumb is to double your overflow pipe. 2 inches intake should have 4 inches overflow. Primary used for safty. Water coming in is being pumped and forced in water leaving is going at its own pace.
It's really only a 55 gallon, so it doesn't need a while lot of flow. IIRC a 1" could handle about 600gph. My return will probably about 300-400 after head. Submersible fountain pump.
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What size sump
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #18
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What size sump
I am going to aim for a 20 or a 29/30. Fluidized bed with 25l of k1 kaldnes. Absolute overkill, apparently on average you only need 4 or 5 liters of k1 for a 55, but 25 liters is about the same price as buying 10 liters since they don't sell 10 liter bags, only 1, 25, and 50 so 10 1 liter bags is the same price as 1 25 liter bag.
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Too much biomedia is not a bad thing. Though it won't grow more BB (which is dictated by the amount of nutrients available) it has the potential to do so. I like the idea of fluidized; from what I understand, that particular media is self cleaning when placed in constant motion.

Yes, it would be a good idea to keep the filter sock clean with regular rinsing.

Since you are drilling the tank, you might consider a second drain hole. If for some reason the primary drain gets obstructed, the secondary drain will handle the flow.
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Too much biomedia is not a bad thing. Though it won't grow more BB (which is dictated by the amount of nutrients available) it has the potential to do so. I like the idea of fluidized; from what I understand, that particular media is self cleaning when placed in constant motion.

Yes, it would be a good idea to keep the filter sock clean with regular rinsing.

Since you are drilling the tank, you might consider a second drain hole. If for some reason the primary drain gets obstructed, the secondary drain will handle the flow.
Yes I know that more biomedia is better that's why I'm loading this thing.would a filter sock or filter floss be better? Filter floss is way cheaper.
I didn't think about a second drain hole. I guess it wouldn't be that hard since the drill bit will drill 2-3 holes. All I'd have to do I'd buy a second bulkhead and hook it up. If I go with 2 should I go with the 1" bulkheads?
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