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Return pump sump section size?
Old 03-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
 
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Return pump sump section size?

I will be using a sumpreme classic mag drive pump 9.5 (950GPH) for my return pump. My overflow box uses a 1" bulkhead, so I am pretty sure it is rated for 600GPH. With that being said, will the mag drive 9.5 be too much? I plan on using a T connector on my return line to control the flow and I will have about 3 feet of head. My next question is, how big should the section of the sump with the return pump in it be? The pump measures 5"L x 3"W x 5.5"H I am assuming that the bigger the better, but I am using a 15 gallon sump so space is limited. Is there a minimum requirement?
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
 
Just big enough for you to get the pump in and out. 9.5 Mag with a T off the return should be ok. Should tell you in the description what the head loss is at 3'. You want it as close as possible, the T will alow you to fine tune it though.
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