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Old 01-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Simply put, you will have a line(s) going from the tank to the sump. You can either use an overflow or a drilled tank hole. Then the water does its thing in the sump and goes back to the tank via a return pump with hosing attached.

Heres another picture. Hose on the left is coming from the tank ( I have a drilled tank), it goes into the sump and the water flows right until it gets to the return pump which is the hose setup on the right.

Hope this helps a bit!

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Yeah it helps a lot acually now when you have a drilled tank where are to feed hole and return hole drilled in the tank? And how does it feed? Just by gravity?
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Yep, gravity feed.

The return hole and input hole are right next to each other on the bottom of the tank in my setup and covered by a overflow box in the tank. If you dont want to drill you can use an overflow box like this to get the water to the sump. This one works by siphon and hangs on the top back of your tank. It works the same way basically, it brings the water down to the sump and is attached to the input. On the below example I have a dual input overflow and a dual input on the sump. In the second shot it shows the return section and the single line I have running back to my tank.



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How do I figure out what size return pump I need?
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #15
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It should be more than your overflow. my overflow does 1200gph on my 125g and the return pump is at 1500gph. i also have a ball valve inline so that i can adjust the outflow to match up with the overflow. On my 90g the drilled overflow is good for 600 or 800gph I believe and i have a mag 9.5 running that one. Theres "head loss" which is the distance the plumbing runs so you loose some gph due to that.
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One more thing I'm building my own sump and am wondering how far to space the baffles out from one another to create the bubble trap. Any idea?
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That one I have no idea about, sorry. I bought all my sumps pre built. lol
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I make all mine at 3/4 of a inch unless i have other plans for the spot like a piece of filter foam
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Awesome thanks for the help. A few more questions for ya. First if you were going to have a 16" tall sump how tall would you make the baffles? Obviously they overlap but I don't know how much? Thanks in advance
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So when I get this sump all done do I still need to run my h.o.b. filter?
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