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Old 01-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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Thinking I'm gonna do flexible tubing that way its quieter and i can move it around to break away salt creep inside the tube... sound like a good idea? Can you put a shut off in the flexible stuff?
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flexible is good, but i don't think you'll see any salt creep on the inside of the tube. it will be wherever water is splashing, on nearby surfaces.
you don't need a shut off on the drain. you'll never use it. all you need to do is unplug the pump.
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I have never heard of getting a longer life by cutting off flow from a larger pump. That's cool. I just upgraded a little, but it would be nice to get a big ol pump and dial it back.

I have gates on the output. Why wouldn't you? It helps keep the water in the main tank when doing water changes in the sump. Or stopping a mess if the sump cracks. I need mine to control flow to the skimmer.
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yes, i always thought the opposite, but my friend is an HVAC and water treatment pro. he told me to google it. as so it was true. the only place where people tell you choking a pump will hurt it, is in this hobby...LOL.

all you have to do is turn off the pump and the water stops coming down. why do you control flow to the skimmer? why not leave it wide open?
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The double use of the post-pump shutoff is that when you do unplug the pump for maintenance, you can shut off the vale and stop the backflow, then just let the tank drain down through the overflow.

However if your tank is set up like this you need to do a power outage test, unplug the pump and let it drain to make sure you don't flood the sump. Sorry for the hijack, just my 2 cents
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yeah....best to have that reverse siphon hazard sorted out.
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