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04-25-2012, 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by cephalotus
I was expecting the Vortech backlash. After reading all the nightmare stories of the first Vortechs I am still uncomfortable with them. Not only can I not afford the two mp60s this tank would require I can not afford a back up. I am running a closed loop on my 48*24*12 and have been very happy with it. I am really looking for placement and pump suggestions. The bottom is not tempered and has been drilled for two 1 1/2 inch intakes.
ok no vortech's that's cool.How about with the two 1 1/2 drains you do two closed loops with smaller pumps like a blueline 100 hp.I would use 1 inch pipe for the loop and the 1.5 for the return.You could do a real cool loop like this and keep the cost's down as well as the wattage.Your back walls pretty thin so that would be out in my book on an eight footer for sure.I would start by doing a mock up of the rock scape on a table or the ground so you know where you can and can't drill. Also you could plan pipeing to go through the rockscape and that would be one loop.I would try for three holes to get flow to the left middle and right side of the scape.You could then do another loop to suspended detrius and get flow.Maybee a spray bar in the back and a port near each corner.There's lots of way's to do it.Budget and rockscape has allot to do with it.Mocking up the rockscape will help you decied whats best for you.Good luck
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Last edited by binford4000; 04-26-2012 at 01:45 AM.