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Old 08-02-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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Separate reactor pump or tee off return?

I'm setting up my new 40B/20H sump system and am in the final plumbing stages. I'm plumbed for the BeanAnimal overflow.

I am using the BRS mini reactor w/ the Cobalt MJ1200 pump, and a Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0 as my return.

My question: Is it better just to use one of those pumps as the return and tee off of it to feed the reactor, or should I use both as intended?

The only downside I can think of to using both would be some added heat (not much, I'd imagine). Thoughts, suggestions?
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I prefer separate pumps with the only issue being heat as you mentioned.
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I have tried to T off of other pumps before. It simply complicates things. Lowering flow from the return pump is a bad idea, you want it to match the overflow perfectly.
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That's what I thought. Just wanted a sanity check. Now....time to get my sump done (I have another thread on that)...

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Yeah, I don't understand the reason for an egg crate divider. I'd want my bubble trap to limit the size of my return section in case I lost siphon and prevent an overflow...but I have a HOB overflow ATM.
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