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Balancing Sump System
Old 05-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
 
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Balancing Sump System

Oye - I built my sump, and I added water to it and my tank. Pretty much everything works fine.

I have but one remaining problem: balancing the intake, the outtake, and the volume of water in my sump.

The tank is 72 gallons. The sump is set up in a 20 long. The tallest plate of glass is aprox 8.5" up, so my sump is 30"x12.5"x8.5". My filter pump is 420 gph. How much water do I need to keep down in my sump?

I cannot get the calculation quite right. In the mean time, I'll just keep removing water from the tank.

Thanks for your help. I did try my own research, but I was unsuccessful.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
 
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try adding an on off valve to control the flow.it's easy
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
 
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The water's pumping out at the right pace, but I find that there is too much water in the sump. The means the water flows over the dividers, never passing through the filter media.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
 
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try slowing the inflow then.i use a control valve in my tank and it works really well
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