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I am in the process of doing the plumbing for my sump, but I am rather confused, so any help would be appreciated.
I am not a plumber and normally leave this type of stuff to the pros, but I am going to try.
Tank has one overflow, and the kit is the All Glass Mega Flow the following info I have 1" drain and 3/4" return line. So I know what I need for the most part of the plumbing I think, but what I don’t know is do need to keep everything at full size 1” and ¾ or do I need to find the plumbing parts that fit into those 2 sizes? Sorry if what I am asking is not clear, but again I am no plumber.

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Just run 1" to the sump, and what size outlet diameter is on the pump? 3/4" or 1"? You can always just run 1" all the way and just get an adapter from 1" to 3/4" just before it goes back into the tank.

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Are you talking about the holes in the tank or the size of the plumbing you have? 1 inch will work all the way around as stated by Adamprice271. If you are talking about the holes in the tank than make sure you have the bulk heads. Not sure if you have those or not. I have plumbed a hundred or so tanks its easy. Hopefully my answer makes sense.
 

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Are you talking about the holes in the tank or the size of the plumbing you have? 1 inch will work all the way around as stated by Adamprice271. If you are talking about the holes in the tank than make sure you have the bulk heads. Not sure if you hae those or not. I have plumbed a hundred or so tanks its easy. Hopefully my answer makes sense.
The drain is 1 inch, the return is 3/4, this would be the size of the plumbing. Each bulk head is small then under the tank, and it looks as if I need to get vinyl tubing and hose clamp to make that connection, don't see how I would fasten it any other way. I assume I could then make that vinyl tubing part small, and I can then go to PVC from that? I then plan to put in ball valve on the drain and the return. then PVC to the filter sock on the drain, and PVC right to before the pump on the return as it looks like I would again need to use PVC into the pump? I have a eheim 1260, which would be internal. Does that sound right for what I want to do? My concern is I looked at getting the 1/2 or 3/4 ball valve, but the ID looked very small and it would restrict flow? I don't recall what size I looked at right now as after being at lowes 1 hour everything started to look the same. :icon_sad: So I was thinking about going back this weekend and getting 1 inch OD on everthing and see if that will work? Though I see a lot of pictures online with people using 3/4, the ID just looked really small on the ball valve.

Thanks for the help I would like to get this done right the first time.
 

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I think you are asking if all your runs can be hose? Then the answer is yes. You can put hose fittings on the ball valves.

One trick when using vinyl hose is to place the end into a ceramic coffee cup of hot water. That will soften up the vinyl enough so you can easily get it on the fitting.

While ball valves are very good quality pumping you can also use a gate valve they work just fine at maybe 1/2 the cost. Some times you can find them color coded red/blue. Nice if you have to instruct an non-hobbiest on which valve to close.
 

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I think you are asking if all your runs can be hose? Then the answer is yes. You can put hose fittings on the ball valves.

One trick when using vinyl hose is to place the end into a ceramic coffee cup of hot water. That will soften up the vinyl enough so you can easily get it on the fitting.

While ball valves are very good quality pumping you can also use a gate valve they work just fine at maybe 1/2 the cost. Some times you can find them color coded red/blue. Nice if you have to instruct an non-hobbiest on which valve to close.
I would rather not use hose, and use PVC, the white PVC, but I don't think I will be able to because of how my system is setup, so I will have to use the clear hose for parts of the setup and the rest I can use the PVC. Thanks for the tip on the coffee cut and hot water as well as the gate valve.
 

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Sometimes its not a bad idea to use both vinyl and PVC...this way your piping is not so ridgid, and allows a little movement when certain sections are vinyl. fo rmy nonplanted tank and sump i ended up using those black rubber couplings in the plumbing section to attach the bulkhead to PVC...they sold a 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 black coulpler which was a perfect fit to go to PVC. If you want to use all vinyl, they sell fittings that can screw into PVC ball valves and have a barb at the end which can put put into the vinyl tubing
 

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Sometimes its not a bad idea to use both vinyl and PVC...this way your piping is not so ridgid, and allows a little movement when certain sections are vinyl. fo rmy nonplanted tank and sump i ended up using those black rubber couplings in the plumbing section to attach the bulkhead to PVC...they sold a 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 black coulpler which was a perfect fit to go to PVC. If you want to use all vinyl, they sell fittings that can screw into PVC ball valves and have a barb at the end which can put put into the vinyl tubing

Cool I will have to check it out, plan to go to hardware store this weekend.

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Great info on this thread! I'm not very skilled at the plumbing aspects relating to the tank either. So I was wondering if just calling some Minneapolis plumbers in my area would suffice, or would I need a specialist if I encounter a problem like this one or possibly a more complicated one.
 
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