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Old 08-19-2005, 03:18 PM   #11
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I came up with 920 going through 1" pipe (I got 658 when I used .75" pipe; is that what you plan on using?). The 18 would probably be fine. You could always get the 24 if you're looking for a LOT of flow (SPS dominated, not so much LPS, they won't like that).

Don't plan on dialing it back a lot with the ball valves. That will affect the lifespan of the pump some.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:32 PM   #12
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I have alot of corals, leathers, polyps, etc http://www.flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/ I think like you said the 18 sounds good. I would need only 2 ball valves correct? What do you need to do for maintenance?? As of now I have 3 PH one on each side and one in the middle. So the Ball joint I might keep open since I will be openiong another port correct? The area with all the holes in Melev's reef pix the fish will not get sucked up to it correct?
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:04 PM   #13
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IMO a mag 9.5 would be plenty for a 55 gal tank, split the return and have 2 return points on the tank. I'm running a Via Aqua 3300 as a return on my 55 fowlr and I have flow through the whole tank with only 1 return line centered on the tank
What type corals are you thinking? soft and LPS will do just fine with the Mag 9.5
Hell, I'm only running a Sen 900 on my 125 reef and I have plenty of flow for the soft and lps I have.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:22 PM   #14
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I would be cautious going too big with the mag pumps. They are bad noise and heat producers when you get up into the larger sizes. I have no problems with the smaller ones though. Revtree posted a link about 2 months ago where petsmart had mag pumps on sell. I got two mag 12's and a mag 5 shipped to my door for $129. keep your eyes open.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:57 PM   #15
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You can check out my tank here.http://www.flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/
I want to eliminate the 3 powerheads and keep the wet/dry filter return in the tank. I like Melev's setup. Seaham do you have pics of yours? I am trying to see what you mean by splitting the returns? Is there any other pump w/ less noise, maintenance, heat? My tank is in a family room the tv is noisy enough and the MH ballasts give enoough heat lol. What do you need to do for pump maintenance? Thanks
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:14 PM   #16
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http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch...e=SQ-REEFLO18-SW&Category_Code=Sequence



How is this PUMP???
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Old 08-20-2005, 08:39 PM   #17
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I have a T coming off the return pump and run 2 lines back into the tank from my sump. I have the hang on back return elbows that amiracle makes. Very easy set up. I used vinal tubing as my return line and have them placed at both corners of the tank pointed in towards the center.
I have pics on another computer so I cant post right now... will try to post them soon. If your looking to do what Melevs has then heat should not be a issue because the pump is not in the sump or tank.
I will post pics soon so you can see how mine is set up. I have great flow with no PH and only 2 hang on back returns. If you looking at getting hard corals then you will want more flow then this will give you.
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Have you gotten the pictures posted yet??
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