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Old 09-12-2006, 01:45 AM   #1
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HOB/Sump Balancing Act

Ok, i just got a used 135 gallon sw tank out of the local paper. Ive been wanting to upgrade from my 40g for a while now. Anyway, im having a bear of a time getting the water going into the sump to match the amount of water coming back into the tank. Also the sound of the water draining down the hob filter is loud. Is there a way to match the amount of water draining from the tank to the water coming back in?

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Old 09-12-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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What sized return pump ya got? Might help (someone, not me though) figure out if it's too large or something.

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HOB? I guess you mean the overflow?

Look at this: http://www.melevsreef.com/what_sump.html (plus the link to 3 articles in the bottom) This should give you an idea on how to set up a sump/overflow so the level is always balanced (regardless of pump flow - as long as the overflow is big enough).

To silence the noise in the overflow, try a Durso attachment - google that & you should find the home page with instructions on how to make one.
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