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Easiest way to circulate water in between two tanks?
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T5Chris
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PostPosted: 2004.11.13(Sat)6:06    Post subject: Easiest way to circulate water in between two tanks? Reply with quote

Hi guys. I have two tanks, one for my fish and one for the plants and detrivores. I want to turn it into a simple refugium by just having water flow back forth without any spilling. Is there a type of pump that allows constant water exchange from one tank to another?
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Sahara22588
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PostPosted: 2004.11.13(Sat)13:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

The easiest thing you could do would be to get two pumps, and put one in each tank. Then, use tubing to connect the two tank pumps and turn them on at the same rate so the water is exchanged. You could also hook up a wet dry under both tanks. The water would be mixed in the filter, and pumped back into both tanks. Hope this helped!

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PostPosted: 2004.11.13(Sat)13:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, there may be such a pump but I have not seen it.
Assuming the refugium is set up as a sump below the tank, all you need is an overflow box on tank A with a submersible return pump in tank B.
A section of tubing will allow the pump to return water to tank A and complete the circulation... (like a trickle filter set up). If the two tanks are level, you need to research more options... in theory if tank B was a little lower and close enough to tank A you could still link them as described above.
Keep in mind, overflows and siphons can be tricky and subject to airlock failure. Do not attempt to link the tanks with two one-way pumps; one may fail and then you will have a disaster... it needs to be an automatic overflow driven solution. Another option would be to use one large tank and use a flow-thru partition to separate one third of it for your plant life.
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