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post #1 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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wet/dry pump strength

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Well I finally got my wet/dry up and running today. But Im thinking the return is to strong. I got a 800+gallon an hour pump used from my LFS for 25 bucks, it is in a 29 gallon tank. It is causing a really really strong current in my tank.

On to my question, is there anything I can do to slow the return stream down with out damaging the pump?

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 01:14 PM
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put a valve on it.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 01:57 PM
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put a valve on it.
worst thing you can do is restrict the flow of the pump, this greatly reduces the life.

what you should do is look up spraybars. they are made out of a length of pvp pipe and are about i inch in diameter with a cap on one end and the return on the other. what you do is take a drill and drill holes the whole length of the pipe which the water will return from. this will help your situation.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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So you just cut the PVC to what ever length I want and then find some way of mounting it to the tank, drill some hole and plug the return up to it?

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-02-2009, 10:45 PM
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yeah the suction cups that you use for heaters wqork perfect.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-03-2009, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Ok maybe a dumb question but how do I attach the suction cups to the PVC?

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-03-2009, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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also would more smaller holes be better then just a few larger holes?

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post #8 of 10 Old 11-03-2009, 04:42 AM
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start with smaller holes the length of the pipe then if the current is too much make them bigger. you use the little clamps attached to the suction cups and place it around the pipe then to the side fo your tank.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-03-2009, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help.

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