10g tank 10g sump-return pump suggestions

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  1. Coastie Reefer

    Coastie Reefer Millepora

    May 9, 2011
    NE Louisiana
    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

    May 24, 2009
    What kind of overflow do you have?
  4. exactlyobp

    exactlyobp Giant Squid

    Jan 24, 2011
    Cedar City UT
    ^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.