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Old 06-10-2011, 01:31 PM   #21
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The only thing I would be concerned about is if the power is cut how much extra water will go into the sump while the water isn't being pushed back up. Looks like the PVC is at the top of the containers and there isn't a lot of room for overflow.

You may want to do a test before putting it into action. That way if it does overflow you have the ability to fix it before putting it into action.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:54 PM   #22
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The only thing I would be concerned about is if the power is cut how much extra water will go into the sump while the water isn't being pushed back up. Looks like the PVC is at the top of the containers and there isn't a lot of room for overflow.

You may want to do a test before putting it into action. That way if it does overflow you have the ability to fix it before putting it into action.
I did the water test. Water flows like I want it to.

I won't be able to do this test until I get my overflow box, pump, and tubing.

But from what I understand.. since I'm getting a ball valve.. is that if I get a pump that pumps fast enough I can keep the water in the return compartment at a constant low level. This way if the power goes out it would fill up the 3rd container.. I could even leave it half empty and have a couple gallons for drain flow.

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Old 06-11-2011, 07:30 AM   #23
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That picture is deceptive. They looked like much smaller containers than ones being able to hold several gallons! If that is the case and you have several gallons of free space then you should be good. A test is the only way to really tell but I'll agree for now!
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #24
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They're about 4.25 gallons a piece.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:00 AM   #25
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Here's a picture to get perspective of size.



I want to put a shelf above them so I can store my fish food and test kit and other misc items but I don't know how much clearance I will need for a skimmer?

Also, dang I can't wait to order my overflow box, return pump, plumbing, and skimmer.

I'm used to having spare change to spend on things I want. :P Taxes in april and unexpected hospital bills are eating my funds.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:24 AM   #26
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Love the two sharks in the middle.

Each skimmer needs a specific height. Don't forget that you need to leave more room than just the physical height though because I think you need to remove the top "cup" with all the skim-mate in it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:07 AM   #27
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About ready to order my stuff. Here's what I have in mind. Please give me your input on anything and everything. If I'm missing anything. And I have a few questions as well.

Here's what I'm looking at:

PF-300 Overflow Box
Reef Aquarium Filtration: Eshopps Overflow Boxes


Flex hose (connect overflow box to sump bulkhead) with 1" adapters
Flex hose with 1" fixed adapters (both ends) - 4 feet | eBay
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10' 3/4" Vinyl tubing (for return line/s)
Aquarium Plumbing: Lee's Vinyl Tubing 3/4" ID


3/4" ball valve (for adjusting water flow from return pump.. just in case)
Aquarium Plumbing: Ball Valves from Two Little Fishies


insert tee connector (for splitting return line into two)
Aquarium Plumbing: Insert Tee Connectors


a bunch of these 3/4" hose clamps
Aquarium Plumbing: Plastic Clamps


2 x directional u-tube (for water return outlet)
Aquarium Plumbing: Directional U-Tube


SeaClone Protein Skimmer
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And I'm still a little confused on..

FILTER SOCKS:
how would I attach a filter sock to the the bulkhead in my sump picture? (in the bottom left area of the first container)? I could stick a couple inches of PVC in there and just rubber band the filter sock onto it?

RETURN PUMP:
overflow box is rated for 300gph. return line will split in 2 and have about 2-3 feet of head each line. what gph should I look for in a return pump?

SKIMMER:
Does anyone have any experience with the above skimmer? Is it reputed? Will it be good? Will my skimmer need an air pump and airline tubing?

Thank you all in advance for helping and dealing with me
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:58 AM   #28
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I can say that the skimmer you have in mind isn't very good. Sorry, I always see people on here complaing about it. Can you perhaps go a little higher in your budget? There are some hob ones that are kinda cheap but alot better. Check out this
CPR Bak Pak 2 Hang on Back Protein Skimmers for Marine & Reef Aquarium
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I could go higher, but I definitely want an in-sump skimmer
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and what about the filter socks and pump hehehhe
i really want to order all of this at once
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