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  1. Default Which pump to use


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    I'm looking at building a sump for a 5ft x 2ft x 2ft tank so roughly 150gal, tank is for discus, first what do people recommend as a good flow rate for this, and which are good brands. Been doing research and for 2000l/hr pumps they range from $30-$100 what seperates these, is it reliability, which is what i respect.
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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    For fresh water I would suggest 4 or 5 times the main tank size for the flow rate

    A pump with around 1000 gph should be good.

    Keep in mind, you have to factor in head height which will reduce the flow by about 125 gph per each foot of height on the return line and about 50 gph for each elbow. Also double check the diameter of your return line to make sure it is large enough to handle the drain. I would suggest either 1 or 1.5 inch depending on what you have room for (1.5 would certainly be better)

    The below is focused on SW sumps but the basics of plumbing will be the same

    http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.co...umbing-basics/

    http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.co...e-sump-basics/
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    any brands you find reliable in particular?
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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    +1 to Cliff's advice.

    look for max gph with the lowest energy draw. energy reliable pumps might be a bit more $$, but save you in the longrun. there are many great brands out there. one of the best bang-for-buck pumps IME has been Catalina.
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    Well, depends on what you want the slump for. If an algae scrubber, than the size of the slump tank/algae growth screen determines the water flow rate required by the system/pump. Algae screens require very specific minimum flow rates.

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    anyone use a HQB pump read a few reviews seem reliable:S
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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    oh and cermet. Can't i just get the maximum flow rate, then split the inflow to the sump into 2, and use a ball valve to control flow over the algae screen and then divert the rest of the flow over the media in the sum?
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by waack
    oh and cermet. Can't i just get the maximum flow rate, then split the inflow to the sump into 2, and use a ball valve to control flow over the algae screen and then divert the rest of the flow over the media in the sum?
    If you are thinking waterfall style scrubber then you need 35gph per inch of PVC slit.

    As for pumps... I have used RIO 3100+ which worked great. Recently I bought sicce syncra 5 pumps. Good gph at my head height with the lowest power within my price range. However, I did see they have gone up in price since I bought mine.
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    If you want a scrubber, you would need to run it off your return (pump) line in a freshwater set-up. As glarior has already stated, you would need to add the required flow to 35gph per inch of screen. The below link can also explain how to properly size your screen.

    http://algaescrubber.net/forums/show...cs-The-Summary

    A Quiteone 3000 would also fit the bill (without a scrubber). They are very good internal pumps and also work well in a external set-up. I have two quiteone pumps that I have been using for a few years now. If you want a scrubber, you would be looking at something like a quiteone 9000 pump depending on the exact size you make the screen.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    hang on im a little confused, why does it need to be run on the return pipe?? The link you sent me suggests that it can be used from the overflow?? There are still nitrates in the overflow water so it should still work shouldn't it? I know that's for a saltwater but isn't the principle roughly the same.
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
    journal @
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=101658

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