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Old 06-11-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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sump pump?

Hey guys,

So I am diving into the sump world to learn for my future upgrades into saltwater.

I have a 55 gallon tank with a 20 gallon sump, that I got from a guy on craigslist.

I was curious if anyone had any suggestions of good, but CHEAP, return pumps I could use. I am completely new to this so specific product names will really help.

The sump will be sitting approximately 3 ft below top of tank. I am not looking to get a crazy GPH because I do not want to pay for that much.

I am very curious in hearing what all you guys have to say and would love to know what you suggest and why.

The guy who had it originally said he used a 950 GPH pump, however, I do not think I need to spend that much money unless I absolutely have to.

NOTE: this is for a FW tank but will eventually be upgraded to saltwater. I will also have to HOB filters running on this tank as well so GPH is not a problem.

Thanks in advance.
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I always buy sump pumps from home depot you'll get a bigger more gph for less money then one at a aquarium shop.this is the one I always use. This will be to powerfully for a 55 imo but they do have a smaller one too. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
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Any particular brands or price range?

Also if I get a pump with too low of a GPH will I have a problem with too much water in the sump before being returned???
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Any particular brands or price range?

Also if I get a pump with too low of a GPH will I have a problem with too much water in the sump before being returned???
Sorry I edited it to get the link to the one I use look above. The only problem I had with it was it was faster then my overflow so I added another and put a valve on the return line so I can control the speed of the flow.
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What size tank do you use that for? SO i can understand the scaling
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180gal. I know they carry a small one in the store but I can't find it online
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Well thanks for looking anyway!


Do you by chance know that if my return pump is not powerful enough if I will have overflow issues or is this counteracted by just making sure when you add water to the tank you don't add too much to the sump correct?
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Yeah, if your return doesn't push enough gph you'll overflow. FYI, when you are adding water to your system for water changes or top offs, you add it into the sump rather than the display tank. This prevents air bubbles and temp drops in the display.

For your setup, I would point you in a similar direction that I went as I am running a 55 gal tank with 20 gal long sump/fuge setup. I have a CPR overflow which then leads into the fuge which is powered by a mag 5 return pump. The mag 5 is rated at around 500 gph. This is pretty hefty for the setup, but you would rather to much than too little and then simply dial it back via a ball valve.
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Now if your pump is too high of a gph wont you burn up the motor because you are pumping more water than taking in and essentially you cannot keep up with the pump unless you are constantly adding water?
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Basically, youll never find a pump that will match your setup. That is why you dial the pump back eith the valve.
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