!!!!!!help me with my sump design!!!!

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  1. ali1

    ali1 Skunk Shrimp

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    so im ready to start the plumbing from my overflows to the sump.tank is a 125g with a 55g sump. sump is divided into three compartmnts- skimmer, return, and refugium. i have two drains and two returns. whats the best/safe routing method from my two drains to the sump. i see few people tee off the return to the refugium and have both drains go to skimmer section, while i see others sending one drain to skimmer section and other drain to refugium. if i send one drain to refugium, should i tee it off to skimmer section as well ?

    ps: should i use flexible tubing as much as possible or stick with pvc ?
    thanks in advance fellow mates !
     
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  3. NASAGeek

    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    I have one drain going to my skimmer and one drain tee'd going partial to refugium and partial to skimmer.

    I used all PVC.

    Mark
     
  4. K3rack

    K3rack Peppermint Shrimp

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    I would go for PVC except for the return pump. Use some flexible tubing connected to the return pump and then ball joint, finally plumb it back to the DT with PVC. This will alleviate a lot of vibration from plastic on plastic.
     
  5. ali1

    ali1 Skunk Shrimp

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    Sounds good.

    Another concern-

    when running the drains to my sump, should i have the drain under the water line or above the water line. Initially it sits right at the water line causing a loud gurgle/splash/ coming into the sump. Any cons in having the drain go underneath the water line?
     
  6. ReefBruh

    ReefBruh Giant Squid

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    Definitely under the water. I have my drains going into the skimmer area and i have a small maxijet in the same area with a hose going to my refugium.
     
  7. ali1

    ali1 Skunk Shrimp

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    nice idea, got pics of your plumbing
     
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  9. ReefBruh

    ReefBruh Giant Squid

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    Yes in my 225 thread. last page
     
  10. Pelado

    Pelado Montipora Digitata

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    Reefbruh.... awesome and good for others to follow!
     
  11. NASAGeek

    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    By the way, here is my start at sump notes... it might help, maybe not...

    M