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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Canister fluval fx5, CO2, inline heater and UV

So I have a 90 gallon tank with the following.

Canister fluval fx5 hose is 1 inch
CO2 Reactor hose is 3/4
UV hose is 3/4
inline heater hose is 5/8

I was going to build a manifold as others have suggested, but as I start to build the manifold tonight I am concerned about flow. Each of the 3 items above will split into 3/4 line, the main line will be 1 inch.

I guess what I don't want to do is spend all the money and time building the manifold only for it not to work.

I would like to know how others have managed to get above items setup, without manifold, unless you all think it best way?

Thanks so much
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I was also thinking, maybe I should just get a second canister for heater, UV and CO2, or external pump? If I were to get external pump, what do you all suggest? How would I go about putting the house for return and drain into the tank?
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Everything I have learned has led me to believe it is better not to tie everything up into one return pump, although it can be done. You are correct that manifolds will adversely affect the flow of your canister pump. It's not the ideal method from what I have learned.

On my setup, although I am using a sump, my uv is on a separate pump. My carbon is on a separate pump. My return is on a separate pump with my CO2 inline to the return.

What kind of UV are you using?

BTW, for a 90 gallon you may be better off with a sump. Is your tank drilled?
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I built a reactor that fits my fx5 and then I run a separate filter for my inline heater.

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