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    Plumb my tank

    That was my original plan but wasn't sure if anyone had a better idea. Should I go with a bigger pump on my CL? Plan is to have a mixed reef. Was planning on two bulkheads into the back and two over the top for the loop and two over the top for the return. Any better suggestions?
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    Plumb my tank

    I have a 75 all glass that has no overflow and a stock 55g and 29g. The 75 is obviously my DT and the other two are possible sumps. I have a quietone 4000, 2 mag5s, a mag7 and a 4MDQSC. I want a sump and a CL. What would you do if you were starting from scratch as I am? C2C, standard...
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    Stepping back up to the plate

    Im not sure where to post this as I am not really new to the hobby. I had a 75 gallon mixed reef with canister, LR and skimmer filtration with pc/halide lighting that was thriving before I went to college. I also built a 29g reef with 20g sump/fuge with an external overflow and closed loop. I...
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    Greensboro, NC Fish stores???

    If you take a trip to Raleigh/Durham I would make it a day trip. I would check out 3 stores in the area while you were there. I would check out Fish World in Raleigh(http://www.fishworldnc.com/), Reef Science in Apex(http://www.reefscience.com/), and Aquatic Conecpts in...
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    TDS problems

    I think there was just some sediment on the meter or it hadn't quite cleared the membrane yet. It reads 0 TDS now.
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    TDS problems

    Good point. It was just in my mind that since I hadn't added salt or anything alive(rock/live sand/animals) I shouldn't have a change in my TDS. I guess that solves my "problem." I guess I'll run one of the hang-on filters I've got for a couple days to see if I can clear it up. Thanks
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    TDS problems

    I guess thats a good point. It was just getting so cloudy. I turned off the pumps for a day and this film formed ontop of the water. I guess that's what got me wondering more than anything. Maybe I didn't think my question all the way through before I asked it.
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    TDS problems

    Sorry, the unit is about a week old. I did run it for an hour or so straight into the drain. Maybe not 20 gallons probably closer to 5. I am now getting 6 TDS from the unit. When I test the water in my tank I get somewhere around 630. Something in my tank is making it go up to this rediculous...
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    TDS problems

    I tested the TDS from water in my tank and its about 630. Directly from the RO/DI(typhoon III) I get 6. I have used base rock I had left over, some crushed coral, and some quickrete sand. Probably around 40 pounds. Could it be the sand that is causing the high TDS or could it possibly be the...
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    Oceanic cube w/o bracing?

    I've got a 20 high that I pulled the bracing off of. It is a standard petsmart tank so I would be pretty sure a quality tank like the oceanic wouldn't have a problem. It is my sump but it still holds over 16 gallons. I used a dremel with a cut-off wheel, a flat head screwdriver, and a box knife...
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    Closed loop problems

    I assume it's like sucking something through a straw though. If you try to drink something through a coffee stirer you're not going to get anywhere and if you try to drink through a piece of 1 inch pvc you're going to have a hard time as well but if you drink through a normal straw your fine. I...
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    Closed loop problems

    I think, well, i know it is pumping now I just haven't been able to get all the air out of it and quiet it down where it should be. I just need to figure out how to get the kind of flow I was expecting. I am expecting to get more flow out of it than my Mag 5 that is my sump return. I read...
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    Closed loop problems

    Randy, Yes, that's what I did. I do have water in the tank but I had the return pump off. I think my problem is either having a fill cap or not having enough back pressure. I put my hands over the two outlets that are on the back of the tank and the pump got quieter and there was actually flow...
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    Closed loop problems

    I changed it today and I still can't get it to prime. Any suggestions?
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    Closed loop problems

    I had major leaking issues from my MAG7 but I think i've got them all figured out. I can't get my closed loop pump to prime. I have a priming cap but when I pull it off water rushes out. Do i need to make the cap taller? I've tried using a MJ pump to push water into it. I've tried blowing water...
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