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Sump size and pump gph

So I have been given a 90 gallon wave tank and stand. I am wondering what size sump should I use and what gph pump should I use. Let me know


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sump should hold bare minimum of 9 gallons. sumps should hold at least 10% of the tank volume. however i like to be a little more cautious as 10% can drain if power fails so id for like a 15% minimum and shoot for 14g or more sump
flow rate of 700 sould be sufficient
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Thank youn sir, so I should be fine if I do a 30 gallon or 40

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When it comes to sumps, the bigger the better. As far as pump GPH goes, you'll be looking for 6-8x turnover so 540-720gph.
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I got a 1260 gph I am going to split it into to outputs


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A little high, but you can always dial it back with a valve if it turns out to be too much flow.
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A ball valve is in the build


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i have a well oversized pump for the task. it allows you to add stuff inline if u desire, which i have done and have approximately 15 feet worth of tubing which allows more co2 dissolve time. and when i run wide open, it gasses co2 off rather quickly and gives the fish something to swim for
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The rating of the pump is with no head or pipe turns. Figure a 1200gph pump is likely to provide only 600-900gph or so with a 4' head and a normal number of piping turns. http://reefcentral.com/calc/hlc2.php My 2 pumps are rated at 1200+800 but the tank likely is only getting about 1200-1400gph. Bet you will be very happy with your pump as is.

Your overflow has a gph limit. The one on my reef ready tank wasn't up to the flow the 2 pumps in the sump put out until I snapped most of the teeth off. That is where you likely will need the ball valve. Then you would supplement the flow in the tank with a strategically placed power head.
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Thanks all for the info. I can't wait to setup the 90 gallon wave tank and get it planted and sump going....


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So I ended up getting one rated for 175 gallons it is a aqualine has 2 intakes and is 22.4 gallons ended up with a return pump in a trade it is rated at 4ft for 950 gph. Getting the tank drilled next weekend


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cooooooooooooollll beans
if i may make any suggestiongs

either, do a herbie or bean animal style drain.. or one giant drain

either way, the bigger the drains, the safer and quieter it will be, also less co2 usage

. if your shooting to hit 900- 950 gph and want a single drain. a good 2 inch drain will do you wonders.
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I am going to do 2 1" drains or 2 3/4 and 1 q" return or what do you recommend. I am new to this and explain the bean to so type


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