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my first SW tank a heads up needed on some things plz

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my first SW tank a heads up needed on some things plz
Old 04-02-2012, 09:35 AM   #11
 
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THANKS ALL I AM OF GREAT UNDERSTANDING NOW

i have changed my mind again now and decided to opt for a home made sump and over flow box

in my sump after a lil research and your help

i will use live sand algee grass of some kind saw some in a pic


so would you say that my math is about right in regards to pump size ?

i have 150 liter tank X10 = 1500 liter an hours flow

elevated clime of approx 4FT meaning ii would need approx 2500 liter an hour (+) pump ?

Thank you all so much for your patients

can some one post pics of crushed corel and sand plz i see lots on google but it all looks new and i want an idea of its look after been running some time thanks
I have Crushed Coral in my tank, should be able to see it in my album pictures. If not, I'll take some more for you.
Your math on your powerheads is correct, 1500lph.
Sump return on the other hand, this is based off what your overflow is going to be, depends on how many pipes are running water to your sump. If you have a 600gph 1" overflow then you need approx a 750gph return pump, that would come close with head loss to 600gph. Must know what your overflow will be in order to answer what your return will be. Best acrylic sump/fuge info out there.
Melevsreef.com | Acrylic Sumps & Refugiums
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #12
 
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I have Crushed Coral in my tank, should be able to see it in my album pictures. If not, I'll take some more for you.
Your math on your powerheads is correct, 1500lph.
Sump return on the other hand, this is based off what your overflow is going to be, depends on how many pipes are running water to your sump. If you have a 600gph 1" overflow then you need approx a 750gph return pump, that would come close with head loss to 600gph. Must know what your overflow will be in order to answer what your return will be. Best acrylic sump/fuge info out there.
Melevsreef.com | Acrylic Sumps & Refugiums
thanks but due to lack of funds i am making my own overflow box

i do plan on having a good sized pipe from this maybe 3/4 inch

so am i right in thinking that i do not need to put the 1500 liter an hour flow through my sump and only a good proportion of it ?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #13
 
DIY Overflow Using Only PVC Pipe (DIY OVERFLOW PROJECTS)
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:45 PM   #14
 
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this is brill info thanks so much i am a bit confused as to how this would keep the flow if the power was cut or if the water dropped below the fill line of the tank it would carry on to fill the sump until the bottom of the blue pipe

i was originally going to make this one
DIY Overflow Box
as it will auto cut off and start up again if power goes and also keep the same level in the tank do you know if the link you sent me does the same
as it would be much easier and less nerve racking to make one with pipe rather than acrylic lol
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #15
 
Oh, Melevs stuff, very good stuff, but you gotta be able to handle acrylic very good. I tried my hand at one, lil tougher than it looks.
But, the link I shsowed you does automatically start back up upon a power failure, the water sits in the U loop in the back yoiu see, and when water starts to creep back into the line, the syphon starts back up.. There are a few links out there for that type of Overflow.
My DIY PVC OVERFLOW TUBE
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