08-23-2010, 09:32 AM
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a few things
the drain pipe can go into a little box constructed on the side, shown in orange. this will allow the water to flow up and over said little box and slow the flow down allowing you to have a deep sand bed ( 4'' - 6'' ) if you wanted without the water blowing it all around. i dont suggest keeping rock in this area as the slow flow tends to allow debris to get caught within the rocks and gives it a chance to break down and turn into nitrates/phosphates.
the bubble trap piece in the middle doesnt need to go all the way to the top. the ball valve coming back to the skimmer, or even back to the first chamber if you wanted it to allows you to fine adjust the flow of the pump to the display tank. youll want the pvc to come down farther then ive shown in the picture to prevent splashing ( which leads to more salt creep )
also dont be afraid to put unions on your plumbing to allow you to take things apart down the road, esp on the pump incase it needs to be changed or cleaned.
what are the sizes of each compartment?
Last edited by onefish2fish; 08-23-2010 at 09:35 AM..