Black Skirt Tetra
- Oct 11, 2018
Whoa! Nice! What equipment are you running? It looks like you’re using a submersible pump
I estimate flow to be in the ~1200 gph range. I'll probably upgrade when one fails.how many gallons is that pushing? Is that enough flow? my current FX6 canister is rated at 925gph. Could I use the pump on it as a return or is that not a good idea?
Yeah, I wasn’t planning to submerge it, but intake from sump and send to return. I only mentioned it bc that is what I am using on my 125g. After researching tho, it makes sense to get a new pump. The FX6 isn’t going to offer enough flow for a 600 gal aquarium. With the sump, this could potentially be 600-800 gallons of water. I think I need something that can push in the 2400-3200 gph at least.I estimate flow to be in the ~1200 gph range. I'll probably upgrade when one fails.
You cannot submerge the FX6 pump. It must remain attached to the canister unless you get creative. You could have the canister intake in the sump and send the return up to the tank if you wanted to go that route.
A 500 gallon tank needs an efficient sump, doesn't have to be large, but doesn't hurt either. If you want to rely on an FX6, you will need at least two.
Yes, I am looking into the Herbie or Bean Animal. There’s a lot I don’t know tho. This is the first time I’ve done this and I’m def no plumber! I looked at Ecotech. Their pumps do look awesome! The Vectra L1 looks nice. But I might actually need a little more headroom. Does EcoTech offer anything with more flow?If you like canisters, they make some large ones like the Fluval Fx-6 or Eheim 2260...my personal favorite. You should use 2 or 3 of them. But nothing beats the versatility of a sump.
Like someone said above, if you use a Herbie or Bean Animal style overflow, it should be pretty quiet. There’s lots of great return pumps but I like the Ecotech M1 or L1 pumps...they are DC pumps with variable output control and many different flow patterns. They are solid pumps.
Also, it’s one thing to put a 125 gallon tank along a supporting wall and across a bunch of floor joists but 500 gallon with a 125 gallon sump, rocks, and gravel is a different beast. You should consult an engineer and support the floor.
Lastly, with a tank that sized, I’d go for an acrylic tank and a steel stand. Acrylic is way lighter than glass and a steel stand is better for obvious reasons. Please update with pics
Around one year back, I was going through the same, building my 220G, with my first time into sump, and zero knowledge on overflows, pumps etc, leave alone BeanAnimal. So I must tell you, it will look like lots of unknowns, but its not that difficult.Yes, I am looking into the Herbie or Bean Animal. There’s a lot I don’t know tho. This is the first time I’ve done this and I’m def no plumber! I looked at Ecotech. Their pumps do look awesome! The Vectra L1 looks nice. But I might actually need a little more headroom. Does EcoTech offer anything with more flow?
I know what you mean about the weight. It is something I’m going to have to address before I set this up.
Wow! You’ve got an awesome setup, Man! But aren’t the Laguna pumps for ponds? Do they work well for aquarium use? They look huge in the pics I saw so I’m wondering if space will be an issue?Check out the link in my sig for some ideas.
If I was starting from scratch, I would have gone with external overflows and I would run a Beananimal or Herbie so that it's as quiet as possible (as others have mentioned).
For your return pump, I would recommend running two Laguna Max-Flo pumps. The model you get depends on how much turnover you want (for that size tank, you could run two 1350s, 2000s, 2400s or 2900s.) Running two provides you with some insurance/redundancy in case one of them fails, the other will keep your system going.
I would not recommend Mag Drives. They are solid/reliable pumps, but they are really inefficient power hogs.
Lagunas are some of the most efficient pumps on the market. For something that will be running 24/7 for as long as you have the tank setup, you will want to use the most efficient equipment possible to keep your monthly power bills low.
I disagree with you that most large tanks are made of acrylic just because they weigh less. Strength of the seams (welded/chemically bonded, vs relying on a silicone to hold it together) and superior strength of acrylic itself over glass are the bigger advantages.
Good luck with your setup.
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