Will this be too much flow

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by King_Triton, 7 May 2013.

  1. King_Triton

    King_Triton

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    Hi Guys,

    Hope you all doing well.

    I have a question regarding the flow from a return pump.

    My tank is currently 4ft, with a 3ft sump. +- 270L

    A friend of mine is giving me a Hailea HX-6550 Pump (5580L/H). I want to use this as my return pump, and split up the feed to main tank into 2. Will this be too much flow caused by the large return pump, or should it be fine? Or should I just split the return line into 3?

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: 7 May 2013
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Problem isnt too much flow, its whether or not you overflow can handle that amount of water.
     
    Last edited: 7 May 2013
  4. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    also what is the height between the sump and the DT
     
  5. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,155
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Centurion
    how wide is your sump?
    are you running a DSB?
     
  6. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    Its more or less a meter and half to 2 meters

    Sump is 45 wide, I think. Its a standard 3ft tank that im using for my sump, and yes it has a DSB.
     
  7. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Then it will more than likely be too much flow over your dsb
     
  8. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    I see... damn, guess that will have to go up for sale.

    I should be able to use a 4000L/H though? What are your thoughts on that?
     
  9. Express Reef

    Express Reef

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    2,575
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Vanderbijlpark
    yOU WILL ONLY KNOW 100% once you test the pump on the tank...
     
  10. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Why do you want as larger return to the one you currently using?
     
  11. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    True also. I just didnt want to get rid of the big pump, so when i do upgrade my tank, i already have a good pump for it.
     
  12. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    To get extra flow into the tank without using too many powerheads. I dont really have the cash around for a tunze:(

    Using 4 sun sun stream pumps at the moment, and there are plenty of dead spots. My current return pump is 2000L/H which fades quiet a bit when it enters the tank.
     
  13. Express Reef

    Express Reef

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    2,575
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Vanderbijlpark
    just use a T-piece with a valve to set the flow
     
  14. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    9,733
    Likes Received:
    785
    Location:
    Cape Town
    What size sun suns? Depending on what corals, four should be enough. Maybe try repositioning them to get rid of the dead spots
     
  15. seank

    seank

    Joined:
    24 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,984
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    North of Durban and South of Mozambique
    Good idea to have a big pump. Just make sure your overflow can handle it.
    Reason I say Big pump is better is that now you can do a closed loop system with the pump. I have 4 of those pumps and they been running since 2007.. One thing is for sure, they love electricity :(
     
  16. seank

    seank

    Joined:
    24 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,984
    Likes Received:
    119
    Location:
    North of Durban and South of Mozambique
    02 of my pumps are pumping 3-3.5m high, into an outside Jo-Jo tank about 5 meters away, and they are pumping more than enough water
     
    Last edited: 7 May 2013
  17. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    i was thinking of this, but will closing the valve of slightly if needed, not stress the pump?

    They are the JVP101. 3000L/H. problem is that I had a cyano outbreak, so I did my water
    changes, adjusted the skimmer to skim better, water parameters are all in check now. but it keeps coming back, especially on the rocks. some seems to be dying off because I see the bubbles on it with the moonlight on. The only other thing i could link this to was lack of flow. I tried various positioning of these pumps, they work better when placed lower and pointing upward. if i point the directly at the rocks or substrate, theres too much straight flow, and then the substrate starts blowing all over the place
     
  18. Express Reef

    Express Reef

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    2,575
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    Vanderbijlpark
    thats why you must use a T-piece, the extra flow you put back straight to the sump or reactor...
     
  19. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    Lol, now this gets me worried. Maybe I should go with a 4000L/H, with outlet split in 2
     
  20. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    So this will sort out the issue of too much flow into the DT, but would the excess water returning to the sump not cause too much flow in the sump?
     
  21. King_Triton

    King_Triton Thread Starter

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    Anyone got experience with sun sun return pumps? Can they be trusted?
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - much flow Forum Date
TO much flow Pumps and Waterflow 19 Oct 2014
How much of flow is too much Beginner Discussions 13 Oct 2014
Too much flow ??? General Discussions and Advice 3 Mar 2014
how much flow? Beginner Discussions 11 Oct 2013
How much flow? Beginner Discussions 16 Jul 2013
How much flow is enough Medium Tanks 3 Jun 2013
Do i have too much flow? RSM 130 Nano Tank advice 14 Mar 2012