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Re: Wet/dry help
> Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 23:59:09 -0500
> From: "Steve Bansee" <tvg at icenter_net>
> Subject: Wet/dry help
> For the overflow I was thinking about getting the back glass of the 50 gal.
> drilled, add a strainer and two elbows. This is kind of hard for me to
> explain, so I drew it, www.icenter.net/~tvg/misc/outflow.gif . I have seen
> this at one LFS here in town. Do you all see any problems doing this?
As long as your tank isn't made of tempered glass, it sounds like a
great plan. Better than using a strainer, I'd get an Aquaclear 500
sponge and cut it to make a round sponge that fits over the pipe. Much
larger surface area, so it won't clog as quickly. Then just rinse the
sponge a couple times a week to keep the water flowing fast!
> Also need some help trying to figure out what pump to get (I'm thinking
> something that will do about 200 gph), the bottom of the sump is going to be
> about 4ft from the top of the tank. What would you all recommend
> (inexpensive now, remember :-)....
I'm using a RIO 1700. It's been a very good performing pump.
Might be a bit strong, but I use a spraybar on the return, which
slows the flow slightly. (the spraybar is all the way under
water... I just didn't want a real concentrated stream of water
entering the tank...) Most of the smaller powerheads can't
pump water up very far. The 1700 has no problem with 4 or 5 feet.