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Pump Size for my Wet/Dry - Help Please

7 years 7 months ago #34162 by Jim_
I have a 120 with a 40 made into a sump I use 2 rio 2500. witch are each 782gmh

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33436 by sawboy
If ya choke it down too much you'll greatly shorten its life span. Diligent water changers, responsible feedings and good husbandry is better than a big massive overpowered pump.

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33435 by Arnoldrot
I ended up going with a Mag Drive 18. I realize it's probably way overpowered, but I can always use a valve to tone it down a bit. I just wanted to make sure it has enough power for my tall 220 gallon tank. I'll look into that poret foam.

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33431 by sawboy
+1 on the Poret foam!

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33430 by scubadiver
Hmm - I have 120 gallon and use the eheim 1262 and have even thought of adding a second one. If noise is a factor the eheims are suppose to be alot quieter.

A single quiet one 4000 sounds a little small for a tank that big, I would recommend running two quiet ones one for each lift -

Also the flow is going to be impacted significantly by the lengh the flow needs to lift the water up.

Also if were to do my sump over again - I would just cut up poret foam into 1 inch chunks for half if not all of my bio ball.

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33429 by sawboy
That nonsense of 7,8, 10 x an hour is just that. Nonsense. Feed the right amount, be diligent in water changes, and keep good bio / mechanical filtration and your fine. That 7,8,10 is just a macho "Richard" thing.

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33428 by Arnoldrot
Thanks for the quick reply.
I'm asking because I've heard you want a water turnover rate of 7-8x per hour - is that correct?
If so, the pump I listed gets 900 GPH, which would be only 4x turnover. That also doesn't account for the loss because of the height (30" tall stand, 30" tall tank). Wouldn't this be underpowered?

I'll definitely take your advice on the valve. I just want to be 100% on the pump before spending $100.

Thanks,
Ryan

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33426 by sawboy
That pump will be plenty. Maybe even too much. Your best bet is to buy a QUALITY valve that will allow you to limit the return and achieve the balance. Notice the capital letters on the word "quality". Home Depot sells valves for cheap. Go to a real hardware store or plumbing store and buy the BEST valve they have.

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8 years 3 weeks ago #33425 by Arnoldrot
I am setting up a 220 gallon aquarium that is drilled and has (2) built-in overflows. The drilled holes in the bottom glass are 1-1/2" without the bulkheads in there.

I'm planning on making a 75 gallon aquarium into my sump/wetdry filter. It will have 5 gallons of bioballs and mechanical filtration (filter floss and sponges). I'm trying to figure out what size pump to get. Will the Lifegard Aquatics Quiet One 4000 be enough? It's rated:
Max flow: 994 GPH
Max overhead: 10.17 ft

I want plenty of power because this is my only filter on the tank, but I also dont want to overwhelm what the overflows can handle volume wise.

Thanks,
Ryan

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