Ball valve with Mag 24

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    Hello pros! Question....

    I have a 125 with dual overflows in each corner. Each side has a 1 inch drain and a 3/4 inch return.

    My main pump is a Magdrive 24 (2400gph) with about a 4 ft head. Previously (like an idiot) I had a ball valve on my drain and no gate or ball valve on my return.

    With the ball valve on the return, i had to slow the drain down some to keep the excess gurgling down and keep things running equal.

    This time I plan to leave the drain free of valves and put a gate valve on my return to fine tune things.

    My question is this...With 1 inch drains and my pump through 3/4 returns, will the pump even keep up? Basically, will the tank drain faster than the pump can resupply?

    I will be using the common Durso to quiet things down.
    Should i use the 3/4 inch side for the drain and the 1 inch side as the return? Little help as I want this to go right.....
     
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    No pro but ideally you want your drains to drain faster than your pump can return water or you will have yourself a big mess. You will still get a constant flow through your drains. You want your return pump to be able to pump a full pipe to reduce cavitation which reduces heat, wear and bubbles. If you are running the pump externally I would put a valve on both sides of the pump (in case you have to replace the pump) but only throttle with the valve after the pump if needed. I would leave the 1" on drains and 3/4" on return.
     
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    OK so you see no problem with the drains, draining faster than the mag 24 can resupply? So I will most likely have to throttle the pump back some with a gate valve?
     
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    Correct. If your pump returned faster than your drains drained you would flood your display tank or suck your sump dry.

    You may or may not have to throttle your return. I don't have to do any throttling on my current setup. When I had my 150g my pump was oversized and I had to throttle it just a bit to keep a constant level in my sump.
     
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    OK great. No valves on the drains then. Thanks a bunch.
     
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