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post #1 of 4 Old 05-05-2012, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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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post #2 of 4 Old 05-05-2012, 01:12 PM
try adding an on off valve to control the flow.it's easy

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-05-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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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post #4 of 4 Old 05-05-2012, 02:03 PM
try slowing the inflow then.i use a control valve in my tank and it works really well

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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