REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
** New Update **
Instead of adding another Vectra M1, I went with a #APEXCOR20 for another 2nd return pump since I can integrate it into my #Apex Controller and have the option to Control it from anywhere in the world and also the pump will send me a notification if there was ever a power outage, pump gets clogged somehow, etc etc!
That's why I might end up getting rid of my #Vectra M1 and just go with two #COR20's.
Make sure you stay connected with me since I will be starting my plumbing job my drains and returns! I just need to move my SCA Rimless 150 to the correct spot, and it will be time to start hard plumbing my drains 1st and then my returns next.
More plumbing pictures coming soon
Apex Cor20 & EcTech Marine Vectra M1
1'' returns w/ a Wye Check Valve / Cepex Ball Valve
@dhof -Yep, that is what I am going to be doing with my EcoTech Marine Vectra M1 and I just bought a brand new #ApexCor20 return pump, going use each pump for each return.
Feel Free to follow along my build thread since I am getting ready to start hard pluming my 1.5inch drains from my Synergy 20'' External Overflow box and my CL-44 Synergy sump.
Everyone that runs two return pumps, would you mind sharing some pictures of how you hard plumbing your two return pumps?
I am getting ready to start assembling my new Custom SCA 150 Rimless tank! I have decided to run two return pumps - one for each return!
I already have 1 @EcoTech Marine Vectra M1 from my previous build and now I just bought the new #ApexCOR20. Its always better to run two return pumps, in my opinion, b/c if ever one breaks down your screwed.
I like running two return pumps b/c when I AM cleaning my one return pump in citric acid the other one is still running my system, meaning I never have to shut down the entire system!
Different strokes for different folks!
I tested my new sump and filled it with water and I am good to go, no cracks or leaks now it's time to move on with my SCA 150 build! This weekend, I will be plumbing my #Synergy 20'' External Overflow box which means I will be running 3 1.5inch drains off a #EcoTech Marine Vectra M1 RETURN PUMP and for my Turbo Scrubber I will be either purchasing an #APEXCOR20 or another EcoTech Marine Vectra M1 which will run my scrubber and my manifold w/ no problem.
@lbacha- TRYING TO decide if I want to run my plumbing for my emergency valve on the inside of the cabinet or should I DRILL another 2-inch hole and run the emergency drain as I did with my other two drains?
Synergy CL-44 Sump Red & White w/ Matching 10 gallon ATO Resviour.
Now that I finally have my Synergy CL-44 sump with their Matching ATO Resviuor, plus my Apex ATO system which is all connected to a 50-gallon saltwater mixing station! I will be running a Bean Aminal system so I went with the Synergy 20'' External Overflow Box like mentioned above.
I will be running 3 1.5inch drains w/ 1 Spears Gate valve that's 1.5inch and for my secondary, I will be using a 1.5inch Cepex ball valve and for the emergency drain I will run off into the middle of the Synergy sump! I can't fit the sump underneath my cabinet b/c my Synergy sump measures the
following 44'' x 18'' x 18'' so I have to take apart one of the stress bars on the SCA 150 cabinet but I need to remove the tank off the stand 1st in order to fit my Synergy sump underneath. It took 4 men to carry it from my garage to the cabinet when I first got it and it was not lite by any means!
My plans are for this weekend is to get a few buddies over here and help take this tank off the stand so lay down a roll of #AquaGadget #DIY Aquarium Mat in order to level out my tank ones it's on the stand. Stuff works awesome and I would highly recommend it. I plan on Running two return pump!
I already have an EcoTech Marine Vortech - M1 return pump for one return and I need to get either another EcoTech Marine Vortech - M1 OR A #ApexCor20 return pump in order to run my Turbo Alage Schrubber and my #Mainifold. Synergy Reef System - made some slight modifications on my sump so my scrubber will fit nice and tight on top of my sump w/ custom made brackets they made to fit the A L-2 REV B
Aqua Gadget #DIY Aquarium Mat
I have been designing this new build for over 2 years and I am almost in ready to start hard plumbing my 1.5'' drains since I am running one of Synergy 20'' External overflow box. I am going to be running an EcoTech M1 for one return and for my other return I have selected the #ApexCOR20 for my 2nd return pump. Also, for flow inside of the 150 I bought a pair of MP40QWD's and 2 TUNZE Turbelle Nanostream 6055 Controllable pumps which will be installed in the back for any dead spots. As far as my Skimmer, I went with a Reef Octo Regal 150 and I am in the process of ordering an #TurboAquatics Tubro Algae scrubber, L-2 Model and for my Lighting, I went with a pair of @Orphek Atlantik Compact V4 (Gen 2) LED fixtures. My sump just came in Synergy. I bought one of there CL-44 sumps which the craftsmanship is out of this world! Also, Rick over Synergy build me some custom brackets for my L-2 Scrubber that will sit on top of my Sump nice and tight! I should have water flowing in my dream tank in the next few weeks!
Make sure you stay connected & Click the link below in my signature to follow along
SCA 150 Rimless including a 20'' Synergy External Overflow box - specs are the following - 60''x24''x24'' & VidaRocks
As for my Lighting, I went with a pair of @Orphek - Atlantik Compact V4 (Gen 2) LED fixtures w/ there #Orphek Mounting Legs!
Synergy Reef Systems CL-44 Red&White w/ a 10 gallon matching ATO Reservoir