Return pump and sump height info needed

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Hey guys, im planning on a basic fowlr tank setup, with a sump for just a reactor as of now and for keeping bully fish if any or temperary housing fish. Well since iv had a long gap feom reefing, this time im planning on a simple low maintanance setup.

    Im from india, and we have eheim (for pump) and reefoctopus (for skimmer) available here.

    DT will be 54x24x24"lwh

    Sump 24x20 x?" Lwh

    Well my distance from sump tank bottom to height of the tank is 53" (4.5ft). I would like to know which eheim pump wud be best for the job that wud be ok with height and tank volume turnover.

    Another problem, is what height shud my sump tank be? Though as of now im not plannin on a skimmer, but might plan on in future and as u know that u need waterlevel at a certain height for skimmer to work. The bottom of the dt has a height of 25", so max sump height i guess shud be 15" well but still confused. i prefer double tank volume skimmer.
     
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  3. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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  4. Todd_Sails

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    Usually you want a fairly large RP, and it can be valved off or bypassed if too much flow to your DT.
    valveing it down actually DECREASES it's elec. demand.

    Just make sure that your overflow/return can easily handle what your pumping up to the DT, and you'll be fine.
    You can then use extra GPH if needs for reactors of various kinds, etc.

    How about a picture? Didn't you get a cube tank about a year ago?
     
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    The Eheim 1260 or 1262 would be a great choice.
     
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    I like the DC12000's, always enough power and you could controll it down yourself if needed, it comes with a six speed controller. You did say 14 ft head? Is that including any bends in the pipe, etc?
    You may need a bigger pump
     
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    53" or 4.5' is what they said in the first post.
     
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  9. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    4.5 feet distance from bottom of sump to height of dt
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    I dont understand ur point. Basically im looking for a good pump like eheim. This pump will only do a job of return. i dont know the exact turnover plus height one needs. I guess 5times is best as pery reads, but still confuesd. So i need to know eheim pump which wud do the job for me.
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Kool, that wud give a turnover of 5 times (including height)? Will tht be enough?
     
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    But, A DC pump like the DC12000, or
    Vortech I think is making a nice one\

    Comes WITH a controller to the motor on the pump. You can dial it in wherever you want. If it's too much for your returns, dial it back a level, etc. Too little- ramp it up a level- push of a button.
    It also has a 'feed' button, that is usually a 10 min power off during feeding - comes back on itself.
    It also will use less watts overall also.