Changing Redsea valve

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So I am finally sick and tired of adjusting this horrible valve that RedSea puts on their tanks. I am gonna switch it over to a Spears Gate valve. If anyone has done this can you link the parts that were needed to do this, and any helpful tips! Please help! My wife is starting to talk about getting rid of the tank because of the noise!
 
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Have you ever taken apart the RedSea gate value? Comes apart with 4 screws and is easy to clean. Made a big difference in performance and quietness after I cleaned mine out.
 

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Do you have a DC return pump and ATO? I have the stock valve on my 170 and once in a while the flow % needs to be raised or lowered but the valve is never touched.

I also hard plumbed my 250 years ago and used the 42221 part method but some newer threads say that the part is now glued and can’t be unscrewed.

Here is a link to someone else’s thread with what they used.

 
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Have you ever taken apart the RedSea gate value? Comes apart with 4 screws and is easy to clean. Made a big difference in performance and quietness after I cleaned mine out.
I will try that tonight maybe it will help. I’ve always had problems with my valve every few days it has to be adjusted.
 

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Make sure you have the water completely drained from the overflow box to avoid any mess.
 
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Cleaned the valve still can’t find the sweet spot. Anything else you think I should clean?
Can you adjust the flow rate from your return pump?
 
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How does that help manage the valve?
You could have too much or too little flow in your sump. You want to match your flow to Red Sea’s recommended return pump flow.

It’s a balancing act between the flow in your system and the gate value. I have seen a number of Red Sea Reefer people on R2R that didn’t have enough flow in the return pump so that gate valve and sump didn’t work properly - causing lots of noise.
 

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You could have too much or too little flow in your sump. You want to match your flow to Red Sea’s recommended return pump flow.

It’s a balancing act between the flow in your system and the gate value. I have seen a number of Red Sea Reefer people on R2R that didn’t have enough flow in the return pump so that gate valve and sump didn’t work properly - causing lots of noise.
I can't get mine to work properly at all. Running a Vectra m2 at 45% so that is like 900gph through the sump about 15x my total water volume.
 

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Maybe try bumping it up 10-20 percent to account for head height and flow restrictions and then dial in the gate valve again to where the water in the overflow is just barely below the emergency drain?
 

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Maybe try bumping it up 10-20 percent to account for head height and flow restrictions and then dial in the gate valve again to where the water in the overflow is just barely below the emergency drain?
Sorry for little hijack OP. Last question, I did bump it up and set it just below the return. Never stays consistent there. The only thing that works is letting it spill into the overflow but of course this brings the noise to.
 
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On my 425 XL even a very small adjustment makes a big difference even though I only have 1200lpr going through the sump, I have marked the handle and the body and move the handle 1/4 of a division at a time.
 

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Set and fix your return pump speed, open the gate valve all the way and then slowly start closing it in 1/8" to 1/4" increments - waiting about 3-5 minutes after every change. When the water in the overflow reaches the edge of the emergency overflow stop.

You may have to make a minor adjustment every few months, but this is due to your return pump losing efficiency due to accumulating gunk.
 

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Set and fix your return pump speed, open the gate valve all the way and then slowly start closing it in 1/8" to 1/4" increments - waiting about 3-5 minutes after every change. When the water in the overflow reaches the edge of the emergency overflow stop.

You may have to make a minor adjustment every few months, but this is due to your return pump losing efficiency due to accumulating gunk.
Everyone does that and ends up with the same noisy result. OP is smart to change his out for a better quality valve.
 

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