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I have never heard of that, what is it?
 

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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=3627&N=2004+113427
I like this filter because it is very costomizable All i want is the mechanicle filter with the fluidizer bed but i dont know what pump to get or how to hard plumb it, the fluidizer bed cant have more than a 150 gph flow I asked a guy from dr fostersmith but he was not doing a good job explaining how to set one of thes filters up
I think this filter and a refugium would be most exelent for a 30 gallon reef
 

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Easy, just get an overflow box with washer hose. then fabricate a 1/2 pipe line back to the tank.
 

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what is a washer hose? how do you conect the pvc to the pump?How do you start the flow? how do you perform filter maintanace without haveng the water from the the pipe rush back?
 

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A washer hose is the hose that takes the dirty water from your washing machine to the sink or drain. How I hooked the PVC was get about2' of 1/2" tubing then you would hook that to the 1/2" outlet on the pump, next you would get a 1/2" connector that will attach the hose to the PVC pipe , then just build the PVC pipe to the main tank. Drill about a 1/16" hole right below the water line in the tank so when/if the pump stops working it will break the seal alot sooner. If you need I will take picks of mine and add them in the DIY. To perform maintence on the filter is easy turn the pump off. the water will rush back to the sump tank, but only till it reach's the 1/16" hole you drilled in the PVC pipe. That is also why you need to leave room in the sump so it won't over flow.
 

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It would make explaining this alot easier if you did do a thread on the diy section.also its not a sump.
 

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ok i just did some reaserch in my drfostersmith catalouge :shock: and i think i get it, you need to use ball valves to stop the flow while doing filter maintainense and you need union conecters to easily detach the filter from the plumbing when you have to work on it.-the fluidizer bed can not have a flow rate over 140 gph i havent been able to find a pump that pumps that slow?-any sugjestions
 

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I have never heard of someone that uses a fluidizer bed. What does that do. But would a power head work, thats all that I know pumps that slow. But for the ball valve I have on on my line , but I never use it because the water that back flows doesn't fill my sump.
 

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I have never heard of someone that uses a fluidizer bed. What does that do.- A fluidizer bed filter is a biological filter it is a canister filled with sand, water is pumped through, the sand becomes fluidezed so there is no dead spots.
I know a powerhead could power it but i dont think a powerhead could power the mechanical modual plus the fluidizer bed,not to mention it would be positioned 4 feet below the tank
 
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