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Plumbing plans 4x2x2

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here are the plumbing ideas/plans any edits minor tweaking / tips would be great

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I would put the water change on the inside and not the out. Why filter water you are dumping?

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i would not put a check valve on the return, you can run the risk of having it becoming clogged and depending how deep you place the return lines in ur DT all that water will siphon back into your sump.....if your sump can handle all the extra water coming from the tank then it is really not a concern but, if it cant youll have wet floors.

i think putting a siphon break would be better. drilling a hole in each return just below the water line in the DT, so when the return pump is shut off and as the water level in your DT starts to fall the siphon break will prevent a full siphon by introducing air into your returns.

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Thanks Jjp2 thats a great idea.

youareforever I can't put in a syphon break as the returns are below the water level and water would spew out constantly. And wouldn't you have to be unlucky for a 1 inch ball valve to clog with filtered water?

this is great help guys its easy to design something but when you are looking at it sometimes you can't see issues
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the siphon break is meant to be drilled below the water line. so as the water goes down in ur DT it exposes the hole to the air, breaking the siphon.

and in my experience check valves are notorious for clogging as over time biofilm builds up on the interior of pipes. but again my experience is w/ salt water tanks.

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ah it gets drilled inside the tank? and wouldnt the overflow do the same thing given that the overflow is higher than the return pipes? Sorry if I am being super dense here lol
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here i did a quick paint.


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Thanks youareafever, I get it now....

the sump will hold it also found a post that said "fill the tank to the overflow then fill the sump to what it will take then turn the pump on, there will only be enough water to have the system going and it can never overflow that way" however I will drill the 2 holes in each overflow to be sure

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anytime, when you making ur build thread? it otta be good and helpful for others.

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not d\sure I understand your last sentence...
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Are you going to start a thread of your tank? It should be helpful for others who might want to undertake the same tasks you are....sorry i should use proper English.

Edit: i just realized you have a link in ur sig to your tank thread.

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Thats my current tank, I plan to do it in Microsoft word then when complete cut and paste the lot, then I just do updates.
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