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post #111 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #112 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 07:54 PM
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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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post #113 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #114 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 09:57 PM
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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post #115 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Darn. If I add another power head will it compensate for the loss of the return?

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post #116 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 11:27 PM
Returns from a Sump are not usually calculated as flow.
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post #117 of 231 Old 09-19-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Oh ok. So my tank will be okay with this then?
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post #118 of 231 Old 09-20-2012, 10:23 AM
Yup.
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post #119 of 231 Old 09-20-2012, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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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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