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post #11 of 16 Old 02-28-2007, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys lots of info but i think i got the info i was looking for
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-28-2007, 08:13 AM
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well i was reading about them and they came with the exact flow rates that should be used, exact bio sediment, blaw blaw, if that is not true than i will just make one if it really doesn't matter. I was just left to believe it mattered. Thanks for all the help usmc, you are very knowledgable.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-28-2007, 08:17 AM
As what CRM stated the return pump determaines the flow rate. THe overflow box or reef ready tank can only go as fast or slow as the pump is allowing it.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-28-2007, 08:27 AM
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exactly, i am just trying to figure what is all wrong with my setup. my local fish store in northern minnesota only knows so much, it is not like you goes to continuing education for it. So i am running a mag drive 12 with a around 1050 gph so i am just going to assume after looking at all these posts that is wrong. I am assuming my uv sterilizer is not designed for a total flow rate like that. That is why i have algae all the time i am sure. So, sump. How many gallons, how much bio sediment, by the way is KENTS bio sediment pretty good or is there a better. So I should also put a sump skimmer in to get rid of my external one. So that means i have a bunch of extra parts.
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-28-2007, 07:01 PM
Andre start a new thread. It'll be easier to answer your questions seperately from these.

A basic idea is about 5 times the tank volume for your return pump. UV sterilezers work best at as slow a speed as possible. It is ver possible to continue using your pump but put in a recycle tee so that you slow your tank exchange. Also you can tee of from the main return to power your UV sterilizer. Generally 300gph or less is best for sterilizers.
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