10g tank 10g sump-return pump suggestions

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  1. Coastie Reefer

    Coastie Reefer Millepora

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    OK so I'm working on finishing up my sump for my 10 gallon setup. It's going to have about 3' of head. Any return pump suggestions? I was looking into the Rio 600 or 800.
     
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  3. mikejrice

    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    What kind of overflow do you have?
     
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    exactlyobp Giant Squid

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    ^what he said, plus, what are you gonna keep in the tank? If you're thinking SPS down the road, they say youd need 20+ times turnover rate which your case is 200gph?

    Let me make it simple for you.
    -Minimum (Fish only) :10 times of your DT volume = 100gph
    -LPS, Softies :15-20 times = 150~200gph
    -SPS : 20 plus times = 200+ gph

    The Rio 800 will have 100gph with the 3' headloss. Ive never had experience with Rio pumps so I wouldnt know but just glancing at the specs of them, its decent made and the flowrate seems good as well.

    On the other hand, since its such a small tank, if the return is too powerful and if you have a single outlet, you are gonna have a hard time positioning the return outlet: everything in the tank will be blown away by the current.

    So if I were you, Id go a bit bigger and re-route with a Tee in the middle of the return pipe so you can control the return rate.

    I hope this helps.