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Old 02-04-2006, 02:08 PM   #11
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This is the best way I can set it up http://flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/ Is this sufficient? Also how often does the filter bag need changing? The powerhead is behind the skimmer for the return it is 400gph. Thanks
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:46 PM   #12
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I cant believe that they made the sump that much smaller.. You have to work with the limited space that you have, the way you have it in the pic look like it will work.
They were not using the filter sock when I got my unit so I dont have one. Every tank is different so its hard to say when it will need cleaning. If it looks dirty clean it, if the water is backing up in the bag higher then it needs to be cleaned. When those thing s get dirty the water does not flow through them very good, you'll know when its time.
400 gph is going to be a little low for a return pump. Your pump need to match your overflow rate from the tank. you want as much flow as possible out of the tank, most overflows are rated at 600 gph. You need to match you return to that flow. You already had a working set up right? Your flow rate should not change just from adding a new sump and skimmer.
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:13 AM   #13
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Yes I have a working pump, Skimmer now and the return pump rate is the 400gph same PH as the one I just bought. I am limited in space so that fit the best and was the biggest PH that I could find to fit. So what you are saying is if my MAG is pushing 700gph into my skimmer and the return back into the tank is only 400 there will be a backup?
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:59 AM   #14
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I cannnot place a MAG7 in the same place as the skimmer it just won't fit so basically I am stuck with a PH 400gph as my return and a MAG7 with 700gph feeding my skimmer. Would this be ok or will there be backflow? Would I need to get a smaller MAG to replace the MAG7 so that the return and the feeder to the skimmer are equal? The distance from the MAG7 to the skimmer is very short as you can see in the picture and the distance from the rteurn to my tank is about 4ft. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:39 PM   #15
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Your skimmer needs a mag 7 so you can not go smaller then that unless you put the CA1800 back on. If you use a pump with too little GPH the skimmer will not work properly.
There is not enough room for 2 pumps on the left fo the sump?
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:27 PM   #16
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I have the MAG7 on left of sump as you can see in photo. Do you think I should place another MAG7 for the return on same side? I cannot fit any MAG7 on the side with skimmer only enogh room for a PH 400gph. Thanks
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:09 AM   #17
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I have the MAG7 for my skimmer but how about the return do I need another MAG7? Thanks
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:50 AM   #18
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IMO you need a min of a mag 7 as the return.
If you have no room in the skimmer chamber you have no choice but to put in the other chamber.
where in NY are you?
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i have the reef devil 40 and it takes a mag 7 - works great
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Old 02-06-2006, 05:02 PM   #20
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Would it be ok to house the Mag7 return and the Cat1800 for my Skimmer in the same bay in my tank since I am pressed for room? Or is there any other way. Thanks for all of the info.
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