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  1. Henkie

    Henkie

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    This is the plumbing I have going into my tank.
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    Can anyone advice me on the best way to connect pumps to these so that I can create the best flow possible. ( I believe this was used for a closed loop system )

    Any input will be appreciated. :)
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    What pum are you puttin on this ?
     
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    Top piping should be used for your return and the bottom is for your overflow.
     
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    Well I am still looking for pumps to use to be honest butcherman.

    erratiC, I have a overflow in the right hand side of the tank as well.

    Should I implement both?
    :thanks:
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    One problem i fore see with the bottom hole if the power goes out, what is stopping your entire tank from draining.

    If this is a proper CLS the bottom hole feeds water to the pump. The pump feeds the 2 holes at the top. ie a closesd system. this is the only way i can think of that the tank will not drain down to the bottom hole.
     
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    Defenatly cant use the bottom hole as a overflow - it will drain the tank.

    It has to be setup like @butcherman explain , bottom hole feeds pump and top is return.
     
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    That is my only concern at the moment, I do not know how I can stop the water flowing down the piping if there is a power outage... But the positive thing is that the hole at the bottom is in a cabinet if i can put it like that, so the water will only drain if the water level is above the top part of the cabinet.
     
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    Are you saying that you have exactly the same pipe on the other side of tank?

    If so, you could block one of them off and install an overflow system on the side that we're looking at now - perhaps a skinny c2c or whatever you choose... if you don't want to block it off you could install 2 c2c on each side which would join together underneath but blocking one of them is preferable.

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    This would resolve your possible draining issue as well - as soon as the water level drains to a point below the c2c it would stop... it's just about having enough extra space in your sump to compensate for the water above the overflow line.
     
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    The image I posted last, is like a overflow box with a hole at the bottom.( This is on the left hand side of my tank if one is looking from the front)

    The other image is on the right hand side of the tank if looking from the front.

    I am just going to close the valve on the lower pipe on the first picture and only use it when I am going to do a water change.

    You can close the thread please mods...
     
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