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xrayjeeper83 11-02-2009 01:00 PM

wet/dry pump strength
Posted in equipment but no answer yet.

Well I finally got my wet/dry up and running today. But Im thinking the return is to strong. I got a 800+gallon an hour pump used from my LFS for 25 bucks, it is in a 29 gallon tank. It is causing a really really strong current in my tank.

On to my question, is there anything I can do to slow the return stream down with out damaging the pump?

teddyzaper 11-02-2009 01:14 PM

put a valve on it.

MoneyMitch 11-02-2009 01:57 PM


Originally Posted by teddyzaper (Post 267609)
put a valve on it.

worst thing you can do is restrict the flow of the pump, this greatly reduces the life.

what you should do is look up spraybars. they are made out of a length of pvp pipe and are about i inch in diameter with a cap on one end and the return on the other. what you do is take a drill and drill holes the whole length of the pipe which the water will return from. this will help your situation.

xrayjeeper83 11-02-2009 10:32 PM

So you just cut the PVC to what ever length I want and then find some way of mounting it to the tank, drill some hole and plug the return up to it?

MoneyMitch 11-02-2009 10:45 PM

yeah the suction cups that you use for heaters wqork perfect.

xrayjeeper83 11-03-2009 12:18 AM

Ok maybe a dumb question but how do I attach the suction cups to the PVC?

xrayjeeper83 11-03-2009 12:19 AM

also would more smaller holes be better then just a few larger holes?

MoneyMitch 11-03-2009 04:42 AM

start with smaller holes the length of the pipe then if the current is too much make them bigger. you use the little clamps attached to the suction cups and place it around the pipe then to the side fo your tank.

xrayjeeper83 11-03-2009 07:58 AM

Thanks for the help.

MoneyMitch 11-04-2009 01:19 PM

anytime my friend

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