Drilled hole?

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  1. Wetty

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    Not sure if Iv asked this here or on another forum but.....im getting my new aquarium today. And its 3ft x 490 x 490 and I assume its the usual 6mm thickness. It works out to 216 litres...but now im gona have it drilled then build in an overflow filter. Which is the correct diameter size hole to be drilled and im thinking of having two holes drilled....one going down and the other next to it for the water back into the tank.

    Any advise pls!!!
     
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    the return hole would need to be much higher than the water level in your display tank otherwise the water will drain out of your display tank and overflow your sump
     
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    I know about that. Ill have a pipe coming out the 2nd hole...running half way along the length of the tank then flowing back into the water. Its just neater that way
     
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    cool, think a 32mm hole would be sufficient depending on your return pump
     
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    Cool. Fanx...was advised to have it 20 - 25mm but my source wasnt to safe
     
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    look that could work but i would prefer having it slightly bigger in case something gets stuck in it:whistling:

    what other equipment have you decide on yet
     
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    Strength of return pump? Diameter of piping?
     
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    anything, everything. Are you still planning on getting your equipment or have you already bought them.
     
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    :lol: :lol: Dont worry I know the feeling!Take it slow and you will eventually get there:)
     
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    just keep swimming, just keep swimming. lol lol
     
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    So which strength pump should i use for return flow?
     
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    I would suggest using a 1000 lph, depending on what size skimmer you going to run, there's no use for much greater flow through your sump than your skimmer will be able to handle. Imho too much flow could be more detrimental than beneficial.
     
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    what head i the pump going to push?You would need to calculate the head and check the specs on the pump because some pumps dont have a great head specs.
     
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    Sorry..but ull have to explain this statement to me?
     
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    you need to measure the total height that the pump will have to push water up from the sump to the display tank. every pump has a maximum head (height)that it can force water up until it reaches its maximum. keeping in mind that 90elbows etc will also slow down the flow

    an example would be that if you use a pump of 3000l and the maximum head of your pump is 3m - 0 liters
    If the pump pushes 1 m the return rate might just be 1500l.

    Hope you understand:)
     
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    Wetty Thread Starter Rockford Fosgate Fish

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    Damn....didnt think it would be that complicated. lol lol...htort u were reffering to the powerheads in a way. lol
     
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    :lol: It's not that bad. Measure the height that the water will travel from from the sump to the display and look at the specs of the pump on the back of the box. You will see a graph that shows the Height VS Water movement
     
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    I think a 3000l/h pump will go to bout 1.2l/h sufficiently.
     
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    Wetty, what skimmer you plan on using .. for a system your size I would suggest TS1 (rated for 350litres) .. Mtroboer suggested 1000l/h which would be perfect for TS1 (imo) .. exciting times ...
     
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