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Old 09-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #111
 
Will the 3/4" pvc restrict the pump too much? The guy at the LFS said it would be better because it would create pressure since the pump is only 600gph in a 57gal tank. But I thought the point of 1" pvc was to not restrict the pump?
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:54 PM   #112
 
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Will the 3/4" pvc restrict the pump too much? The guy at the LFS said it would be better because it would create pressure since the pump is only 600gph in a 57gal tank. But I thought the point of 1" pvc was to not restrict the pump?
Bingo, 100% correct. On a return from a sump, yoiu don't want any restrictions, you want true flow.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:07 PM   #113
 
So how do I get around this?? Do I make the intake 3/4"? One of them has to be, because that's what size bulkhead will fit.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #114
 
Ah rats. You'll have to go with the return as 3/4. Don't do it to the intake. You will be ok, your return will just be alittle under gph of what you were planning.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #115
 
Darn. If I add another power head will it compensate for the loss of the return?

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #116
 
Returns from a Sump are not usually calculated as flow.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #117
 
Oh ok. So my tank will be okay with this then?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #118
 
Yup.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:03 PM   #119
 
I dont think the universe wants me to have this tank. I just now FINALLY got everything together and was sitting down to silicone the baffles and plumb the tank. So I go to start the silicone and the whole top half of the tube is dried. The damn thing explodes out the backside. I was just at Lowes again today and thought about picking up a second tube for a back up.

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