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Old 10/05/2010, 08:27 AM   #1
Al Kurtys
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55 setup ?

I am currently on a mission to upgrade from a 37 gallon to a 55 and have question should my overflow drain be the same size as my return line? I have a 300 gallon an hour overflow I believe and also have a sump that should hold around 12 gallons of water I think. I will be using a Rio 2100 for the return and also one to run my skimmer which is a Aqua c 120. Should I hard plumb both lines and put ball valves in them or could I use flexible hose? And how about unions and stuff? I really want to set this up right from start to finish! If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.

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Old 10/06/2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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I would think you would want your drain line to be larger than your return. If you do not want to create a siphon on your return, then a valve may not be necessary. I would put a valve on your return line in case you need to reduce flow back a bit.

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Old 10/06/2010, 10:49 AM   #3
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+1 on the return valve. I never thought I would need it but it helps to cut back the flow to keep the sump level stable.

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