EcoBak Project for BioCube, new sump plans

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  1. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Well the days of having everything built into the stand of my tank are over, after reading things about BioPellets I have decided to give them a try.

    Here are my plans for my next build, everything will be external and feed back into my sump.

    Please let me know what you think of the idea and my plans.

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  3. Thatgrimguy

    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    Looks good, how do you plan to combine the feeds before the skimmer?
     
  4. N00ZE

    N00ZE Eyelash Blennie

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    I'd like to know how this turns out.. Following!

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  5. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Either T valves or specialized plumbing parts.
     
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    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    You may have to go with a DIY venturri for it to work, otherwise you run a risk of the pump going to the skimmer pushing water up the wrong way into the reactors...

    I also think you will need something larger than a MJ1200 to run all that.
     
  7. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    What pump should I use?
     
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  9. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    And the reason I picked the ReefWerks Reactor was because I got it shipped for 35 total.
     
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    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    It's going to depend on the skimmer.. But I imagine the biopellets will take about 300 gallons per hour and the carbon will take about 100, and you will lose a good bit to head loss.. so I would think about a mag drive pump. Mag 5 May be enough. but you may have to go up to a mag 7.
     
  11. Reef Madness

    Reef Madness Flamingo Tongue

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    I agree with grim I would say you are looking at needing a mag7. I run a mag3 on my biopellets only (could get away with using it for gfo also though). I imagine that with this amount of head height it would also axe the mag5. Better to have too much then not enough, you can always T it off back to the sump as needed.

    BTW: I absolutely love BP's 0 nitrates in less then a week and unlimited feeding potential (for my system that is). Make sure to take it slow with these, they are very strong IME.
     
  12. norg.

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    The maxijet is only functioning as the feed pump to the skimmer. The skimmer will have its own separate pump. According to the Warner Marine EcoBak, only 100 GPH is required to run their pellets. And it might be even less than that because there wont need to be that many pellets in the reactor. This was the skimmer that was being considered for this project. It can be run externally of course and can handle a max of 250 GPH as a feed source.

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