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Offline Gary

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Gary's 180 tank build
« on: October 12, 2016, 15:50:09 »
To all,
I'm in the process of setting up a 180 gallon (2'x2'x6') tank. It has four 1" bulkhead fittings the bottom. I'm assuming 2 returns and 2 drains. What size pump should I be running for the refugium return? I would also be interested in what others have used, successfully or not?
Thanks,
Gary

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 16:05:55 »
I have a 180 with dual overflows. I run to eheim 5000 pumps and it works great. I use 2 instead of 1 big pump in case of pump failure I have a backup always running. Hope info helps

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 16:45:18 »
Thanks. How big are your overflow pipes?  Do you have the pump throttled back? Those pumps can move a serious amount of water!

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 18:13:48 »
it's 1.5" pvc in my overflows that have a reducer to 1" coming from bottom of tank to the sump. I use clear hose instead of pvc for plumping underneath. I run both pumps full throttle !! Yes they move a ton of water, which I believe keeps my tank crystal clear. I'm religious about changing filter socks.

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2016, 18:16:52 »
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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2016, 21:35:15 »
I use two Quiet One 4000's. Rock solid, quiet and affordable.

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2016, 21:55:29 »
Steve how many gph are those pumps ?

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2016, 22:55:02 »
Steve how many gph are those pumps ?

1022 GPH

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2016, 08:23:24 »
jbanion,
The tank looks really nice and clear too! I was concerned that the pair of 1" down pipes would not be large enough. That is a lot of water movement and I was thinking it would be disturbing.
Thanks for sharing,
Gary

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2016, 08:38:44 »
Steve,
Those pumps are reasonably priced! I may just give those a try. By the time I replace the impeller in a Mag 7, I'm 2/3 of the way to a new Quiet One 4000 with better performance and I assume quieter. The water flow through the sump must be really fast. I'm not sure my two 1" down pipes can keep up with the flow and water fall in the sump may get loud?
Thanks,
Gary

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Re: Gary's 180 tank build
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2016, 11:08:29 »
Gary,
Your 1" pipes should return around 1000gph each in full siphon.  Maybe use one 2200 and one 4000 for a total of 1616gph.
Kelly

 

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