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Old 09-07-2012, 05:22 PM   #91
 
Skimmer came, looks good from what I can tell. I'm in bed sick today though so I didnt get to set it up or anything. As soon as I'm feeling better I'm going to set up the sump and get this thing going! The skimmer is much bigger than I expected. I will prob not be able to lift the sump up off the floor, so the head loss stays at 4'. Please tell me I'll be okay with the 600gph pump with 3/4" pipe
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #92
 
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Skimmer came, looks good from what I can tell. I'm in bed sick today though so I didnt get to set it up or anything. As soon as I'm feeling better I'm going to set up the sump and get this thing going! The skimmer is much bigger than I expected. I will prob not be able to lift the sump up off the floor, so the head loss stays at 4'. Please tell me I'll be okay with the 600gph pump with 3/4" pipe
This is a reef-ready tank, correct? If that is the case, then a 600 gph pump with 4' of head will be fine if you don't care about the slower movement of water. Its not like it will stop pumping because of the 4', and it will only drain what is pumped into the tank. Just add another powerhead to increase flow within the DT.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #93
 
Yes, it's reef ready 57 gallon with a 600 and a 700 gph powerheads. Some of the corals I want to eventually get prefer low/moderate flow. If I get another powerhead, will it be too much for them?
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:52 PM   #94
 
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Yes, it's reef ready 57 gallon with a 600 and a 700 gph powerheads. Some of the corals I want to eventually get prefer low/moderate flow. If I get another powerhead, will it be too much for them?
Well, you can create areas of low flow by positioning powerheads in different ways, and also using a low-flow powerhead, like a Koralia nano.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #95
 
Ok cool, I'll get another one that has a lower flow rate. I really wish I wasnt so sick right now. I was able to put the skimmer together but I'm beat :(
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:58 PM   #96
 
Finally, I'll be on my way to Lowes tomorrow to get all the plumbing and the glass baffles to complete the sump. One question about the PVC pipe.. Do I want to use 1" for everything? Or 1" from tank to sump and 3/4" from sump to tank? The return pump is rated for 600gph and it's a reef ready tank.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:00 PM   #97
 
1" for everything. Less restrictions, especially for the return, you want the most out of the pump you use.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:25 AM   #98
 
Thanks! Good thing I asked. Going to the store tomorrow :D
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #99
 
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Parking myself here so I can watch your progress! Looks good so far.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:06 AM   #100
 
Haha welcome! We can be spies of eachothers threads lmao
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