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Old 12-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Sump with multiple pumps?

Does anybody know if this can be done? Basically I want to add a sump onto my 55g setup, because I am going to be switching to SW soon, and I've read a lot about using a sump, but I'm afraid that using only a siphon down to the sump and an actual water pump back up, I won't be able to get matching flow rates and that just seems like a big mess. So here is what I was thinking:
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Is this possible? Would there be anything that could cause a major issue? 99% is going to be hard plumbed FYI, and I am going to use external pumps to try to keep down the heat exchange into the water.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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The overflow should drain into the sump, then a pump pushes the water back into the tank. No need for pump between sump and overflow.

Drill or no drill for your overflow?
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I was just curious, I didn't know much about overflows. I just looked and found overflows that are 500+gph. I've decided to just go with a Canister filter for now.
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Overflows are easy to learn. Do some research on basics of overflow/sumps before moving to canisters.
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From everything I've read, they are a simple concept, but having (a little) experience using a canister (my brother's) I would feel more comfortable going that route. Plus I don't have space for anymore than maybe a 6gal sump. Just going to wait until I move to my new place and build a stand to hold a bigger sump before I go that route.
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