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Old 02-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #11
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i just bought this to use for my overflow. ill also add some kind of strainer to it so fish dont get sucked in



will this work or will it fail?
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Can you draw the sump better,it looks like section 2,3 and 4 is the return pump section,and not enough water height on the other sections.How quickly does this happen,you may find that there just isn't enough water in your system,make sure with the pump off you fill the sump up too the highest point as if you've had a power cut,turn the pump on and then observe.
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heres a photo of the sump. (in reverse order of the way i drew it)



i had the pump on the far left. sump was full..... the pump drained the last 2 sections in less than 30 seconds and the overflow from the 2 right sections couldnt fill them fast enough
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the way i see it and i maybe wrong is the piece in the middle should have holes so water can pass thru about 3/4 up and sealed all3 sides if not already.The piece to the right of that installed the same way.That would give you a refugium inthat section Then skimmer on rt. return on lft.
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the piece in the middle is fine. it's not what's stopping the water. it should flow right over that partition. if you drill holes in it, it will lower the overall water level.
i don't know what to tell you other than to choke back the pump a little. i still don't see any reason that sump should hold back water.
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im going to be taking out the far left partition to fit the huge skimmer i bought.

so ill have the return pump and skimmer in the far left.... i dont know if i should put refugium in the far right and have the input coming into the middle chamber or other way around
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that's a bad idea. you are going to have a lot of micro bubbles in your display. you should put the skimmer in the intake area.
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oh ok, thanks for the advice.

ill just move one of the partitions to give me more space for the skimmer
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what size overflow/pipes are being used to supply the sump?also what gph going to the tank adjusting for head?
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im using 1.5 inch pvc and the return pump is 1900 GPH

just realized that the black piece i was gonna use for overflow is abs pastic..... switched it out for actual pvc
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