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    Plumbing

    Hey.
    I'm in the planning process of plumbing my Nano System.
    I would like to Draw out the setup and post it here for input.
    What is the best software to do this?
    I have seen some nice CAD Drawings.
    What software do you use?

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    A lot of people use Sketchup. It's freeware from Google. They say that it's easy to use but I must admit, however, that I've never used it myself.

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    I use sketchup and photoshop element.
    sketchup is awesome.. play around with it a bit.. its amazing what it can do.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I used Sketchup to draft my stand.
    Worked great.
    I've been having issues with trying to draw pipes.

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    did you used Sketchup to draft your plumbing plans.
    Or did you import the google file in element and draw the plumbing lines?

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    I usually use a combination of both.
    I setup the grid pattern in photoshop then calculate the amount of squares needed to make the appropriate shapes.

    I use sketchup to make 3d renders using the calculations and 2d drawings I made with photoshop.
    So, i use photoshop to figure out what I need for example for my steel stand by drawing in straight lines and calculating the squares in the grid.

    I then reproduce this in sketchup for a 3d look.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Will try and draft it out this weekend.
    I really want to complete this project in the next couple of weeks.

    I'll post the pic when i'm done.

    Here's what i'm thinking.

    I would love to have the least amount of pumps possible in my sump.
    I'd like to "drive" everything using the Return pump.
    I'm thinking an Ehiem pump.

    I'd like to feed my reactors (phosphate/carbon) using the return pump.

    I was also considering using a Recirc Skimmer, now i'm debating a CONE.

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    well.. as great as it sounds, having one pump to do all the work is just setting yourself up for a crash.... sadly. In the perfect world.. ya.. but pumps fail..
    or plan to keep a brand new pump beside it ready with all the fittings to be swapped at any minute.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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