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getting ready to run return and drain for my 180. My sump is in the basement with 12.5' head pressure.  I have a Jebao 20000 dcp pump. The returns are 1" and the drains are 1.5" (dual) what size line should I run from my pump up to my returns? Would I need to run both drains back to my sump?

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I would run (1) 1 1/2” return from the pump and then spit to (2) 1” returns behind the display. I would run minimum  (2) 1 1/2” drains to your basement. I have darn near exact same setup only 150 display. I also have bean animal overflow so I went with (3) 1 1/2” drains. One is completely used A fail safe. If ever want to come check it out let me know.

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I used 1.5” plumbing for both.  My downside was the biggest bulkhead that would fit are 1” on the aqueon tanks. So I used the return bulkheads as emergency overflows and took the returns over the back of the tank.  It’s only choke is the bulkhead but I can get pretty good flow  it will use the emergency’s a little if I crank the cor20 up to max. My sump can’t handle that anyway either.  

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On 8/3/2020 at 2:37 PM, myreef55 said:

I would run (1) 1 1/2” return from the pump and then spit to (2) 1” returns behind the display. I would run minimum  (2) 1 1/2” drains to your basement. I have darn near exact same setup only 150 display. I also have bean animal overflow so I went with (3) 1 1/2” drains. One is completely used A fail safe. If ever want to come check it out let me know.

May have to take you up on that..thanks

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