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Old 06-11-2008, 02:00 PM   #21
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From what has been described in this thread I think the Mag 9.5 will work perfectly.

BTW the Mag series of pumps by danner are awesome pumps. I own 2 myself. I use one submerged and the other inline. They are great reliable pumps.
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Just wanted to say that I`m glad you are using the Mag pumps. They are excellent pumps and IMO the best. I have a Mag 12 and a mag 9.5 on my returns. They are great.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:24 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone for the help and added comments to give me the confidence that I'm doing my research correctly.

Just want to make sure I do everything correctly the first time to avoid unneccesary expenses/upgrades or mishaps. :p

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There's no way you can do EVERYTHING correctly the first time. You are on the path of minimizing the problems though
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:16 AM   #25
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Also your return line will affect your flow rating.

The Mag pump has a 1/2" male fitting I started by adding 1/2" hard PVC pipe that adapted to a small vinyl tubing section that adapted to A flow director that had a slip on connector. I learned the hard PVC was restricting my flow because of the hard elbows. So I changed it to 3/4" vinyl tubing (you may want to do 1") So I have a piece that adapts the 1/2" pump thread to 3/4" vinyl tubing then at the top of the tank I have the vinyl tubing attached to Locline plumbing flow director setup that I ordered online. My flow increased dramatically.

Increased flow causing overflow issue there is a photo on this thread.

So the mag nozzle is a 1/2", that means i need to find somthing that converts the 1/2" to a 1"

Then connect the flexible 1" tube and bring it up to my tank.

Then find a Y splitter that splits the 1" into two

How come all the Loc Y Splitters are biggest is 3/4"? Where can i find one that is 1" that will split to either two 1" or two 1/2"...?

I dont want to use a T because it will restrict my return flow...

Please advise...
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Old 06-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #26
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Since I couldn't get Locline plumbing locally I had the people that built my sump put together a return line package for me it was like 35dollars much more expensive than just buying it myself but I didn't have to worry about putting the idea together they did it for me. I just told them what I specifically wanted and that I wanted to connect the Mag7 to vinyl tubing to connect to a locline plumbing setup then flow to my tank. Glass-Holes.com dope aquarium stuff If your return into your tank is smaller than your return line its ok because it will give added pressure mine goes 1/2" mag7 3/4" vinyl tubing 3/4" locline 1/2" locline
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So i went to the loc-line site and the biggest size they have is 3/4"


So i gotta put

somthing on the mag output that will convert it to 1"
put on the 1" flex tube that runs 4feet up to the tank
then put on a 1" to 3/4" reducer
then put on the 3/4" to loc-line converter
then put on a 3/4" Y
then on each end put the 3/4" loc-line pointing back into my tank.

Each color reflects the part on the diagram



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Im wondering if I should just make the whole return 3/4" since at the tips it will be 3/4".

But i want 1", if the 4feet of 1" tube doesnt change the flowrate cuz the end of the tube is 3/4" then ill just make the whole thing 3/4".


any thoughts?
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Your effective rate is determined by your smallest connector. You can put a 10"-er on there but if you have a 3/4 on each end... well......
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Your effective rate is determined by your smallest connector. You can put a 10"-er on there but if you have a 3/4 on each end... well......
Could you be more specific I don't quite follow.
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That means that the final amount of flow you get from your pump is going to be determined by the smallest input and output in the plumbing you use....3/4" = less then 600gph.
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