Water level adjustment

Discussion in 'New Hobbyists' started by iidylii, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. iidylii

    iidylii Active Member

    so is there a way we can adjust how far our water level sits from the top of our DT?
     
  2. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Not sure what you mean. You can put the water in your tank at whatever level you like.
     
  3. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Agreed lol, just not flowing over the top. I generally keep mine about 1/4" from the brace
     
  4. lmforbis

    lmforbis Administrator Staff Member

    With a sump it also has to do with the flow rate. Adjust your return flow so the water level is where you want it. Increase flow for higher and decrease for lower. Then adjust your sump water level.
     
  5. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily. With a sump, the position of the overflows determines the water level. Higher/lower return flow just determines the turn over rate of the entire system. The over flows keep the display at a relatively consistent level. Water levels should only change in the sump which is where an ato steps in.
     
  6. lmforbis

    lmforbis Administrator Staff Member

    In my tank with the type of overflow I have the water level is higher when the return flow is higher. I get about a half inch difference between high and low flow. My plumbing is through the bottom of the tank not the back. I believe iidylii’s set up is similar corner over flow to mine.
     
  7. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    Id have to see setup to know for sure.
     
  8. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    If there's a will then there's a way. It just depends on the overflow design and flow rate as mentioned.
     
  9. iidylii

    iidylii Active Member

    Yes mine is on the bottom of the tank in the corner...and yes mine moves maybe 1/4” depending on flow rate...I was just making sure I wasn’t missing any type of secret way of adjusting this...

    My water level is about 3/4-1” from the top of the tank...reason I want it down even further is every day my tank has drips down the front sides of it from these guy playing and splashing at the water surface :)
     
  10. lmforbis

    lmforbis Administrator Staff Member

    You’ll always be limited by the height of the overflow.
     
  11. lmforbis

    lmforbis Administrator Staff Member

    If I remember correctly you have the marine land corner overflow. If you remove the front piece you might be able to get it lower. You might also have to reduce the height of the return pipe to the sump.
     
  12. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Can you trim it down a bit? Its plastic rt?
     
  13. iidylii

    iidylii Active Member

    Yeah my flow rate into the tank must be to much because my tank level doesn’t sit at the bottom of the over flow slits like u think it would...the water level is about half way up the slits and draining into the overflow...and then when u look in the drain water column the water level in there is like 4 inches below the tank water level
     
  14. beaslbob

    beaslbob Well-Known Member

    that sounds about normal. It takes some differences to form the pressure to get the flow sustained.
     
  15. beaslbob

    beaslbob Well-Known Member

    You might try some kind of cover like egg crate, screen, glass, or combination to contain the splashing. Or even just glass/plastic verticals at the edges.

    my .02
     

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