I decided I wanted to start with salt-water aquariums and I found a killer deal, a 200-gallon tank, sump system with skimmer, UV
sterilizer, and all the pumps and tubing to make it work. (It came from a pet store that wanted something flashier.)
I got it home and am setting it up. The sump is under the tank itself, inside of the stand. There's only one pump that moves water through the filtration system, and it's the output pump, pushing water from the sump up into the main tank. (There's a pump that motivates the skimmer, and one that pushes water through the UV
housing, but those are TINY pumps compared to the main one.)
I have been having a killer time getting water to go from the top tank through the tubing into the sump...I can draw a diagram or something if it helps. It looks like it's supposed to get water via the siphon effect, but it hasn't seemed to work at all. I've poured bucket upon bucket of water into the intake segment trying to get it to work, and it just drains right into the sump, with no suction at all.
Clearly, something isn't right.
I'll attach a diagram in a minute...I need to get on my tablet PC
to draw one.
Ideas appreciated, this is really, really frustrating me. (I've it set up exactly the same way it was while fully functional at the previous location, I made sure of that, so I must not have connected something, or it's just disrespecting me.)