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Synergy Reef® SK Series Sump Installation Instructions – SK44, SK60, SK72 Sumps

SK Series Installation Instructions:

Thank you for choosing the Synergy Reef SK Series Sump. These instructions will assist you in setting up your new sump. This manual is used for all SK Sumps, SK44, SK60 and SK72.

Please note that this is an Advanced level Do-It-Yourself project and is to be used with or without the Clarisea SK5000 V2. We do not provide setup support or warranty support on the Clarisea. You would need to contact D&D Aquatics for this support. Due to hundreds of different aquarium setups, pumps, sumps, ect, Synergy Reef DOES NOT Provide system setup or design consultation. We can provide basic installation assistance, but setup and tuning to your aquarium is up to you. If you are not capable of doing this, please hire a professional to do so.

Prior to installation, be sure that you have everything you will need to complete the installation. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Using Filter Socks Only (No Clarisea):

  1. Install the 7″ or 4″ Filter sock plates that were ordered with your sump. You get one set of sock holders with the sump. The plates do have to be installed in the correct orientation or the screw holes will not align properly. Please adjust until you get the holes aligned properly.
  2. Use the included thumbscrews to hold the Sock plates down to the sump brackets. See Figure A.1
  3. Remove the Crash Box Weir baffle from the first chamber. There are 2 thumbscrews holding this baffle in place during shipping. See Figure A.2
  4. Install the included 2 x 1″ Black Threaded Plugs into the 2 x 1″ Bulkheads. These holes must be plugged off if not running a Clarisea. SEE Figure A.3
  5. Install your filter socks. Figure A.4 Shows how it should look.
Figure A.1 – 7″ Sock Plates Installed into SK44 Sump
Figure A.2
FIGURE A.3
FIGURE A.4

Installing the SK Plates onto the Clarisea SK5000:

****You can use either 1 or 2 SK5000 roller mats in these sumps. The flow rate into the sump will determine whether you need 1 or 2 roller mats. Each SK5000 is rated for 1200 GPH MAX. If using only 1 Roller mat, you can use 1 filter sock as well. But for the quietest operation we recommend keeping the flow below the SK5000 Maximum.

  1. Install the “Crash Box Weir Baffle” if not already installed into the sump. See figure A.2 Above:
  2. Remove the Included SK Plates from the sump if installed. Look at the orientation of the plate numbers (1 and 2) before removal. The number 1 plate will be in the front position on a Left to Right flow sump. The number 2 Plate will be in the front position on a Right to Left flow sump. See Figure A.5 below
  3. Completely assemble your SK5000 roller mats as per the instructions included with the roller mats. Get yourself acquainted with how this goes together as you will be slightly disassembling it to install the brackets later.
  4. Remove the bottom screws on the Clarisea SK5000. Also remove the water bypass triangle.
  5. Slide the Included SK Plate onto the Clarisea SK5000 unit from the bottom.
  6. Put the Clarisea SK5000 Screws back into the bottom of the unit.
  7. Remove the next set of screws on the Clarisea Sk5000.
  8. Slide the SK Plate up the SK5000 once more and install the SK5000 screws back in place. It will now look like Figure A.6
  9. Reinstall Flow Bypass Triangle on the SK5000.
Figure A.5
FIGURE A.6

Float Switch Bracket Installation:

Before installing the SK5000 into the sump you must first install the Float Switch Bracket. The factory float switch bracket included with the Clarisea SK5000 unit will NOT be used with our sump. You will receive 2 different length, white Float Switch brackets with your order from us. The brackets will determine when your roller mat advances. The shorter bracket will have a higher water level and the longer one will have a shallower level. We recommend starting with the shorter bracket first, but you will have to experiment with your setup and see which is better for you. There are a lot of factors that influence this such as water level in the sump, GPH Flow thru your sump and sediment levels in your system. Below is a photo of our float switch bracket installed in the Clarisea.

Proper Float Switch Installation

Installing the Clarisea SK5000 into the sump:

****You can use either 1 or 2 SK5000 roller mats in these sumps. The flow rate into the sump will determine whether you need 1 or 2 roller mats. Each SK5000 is rated for 1200 GPH MAX. If using only 1 Roller mat, you can use 1 filter sock as well. But for the quietest operation we recommend keeping the flow below the SK5000 Maximum.

  1. Double check that the “Crash Box Weir Baffle” if not already, is installed into the sump. See figure A.2 Above:
  2. Remove the SK Access Panel’s 6 Thumbscrews and Panel. See Figure A.7
  3. Make sure to have the SK5000’s 1″ drain flow tube installed into the unit.
  4. Place the Clarisea SK5000 into the desired chamber. The number 1 plate will be in the front position on a Left to Right flow sump. The number 2 Plate will be in the front position on a Right to Left flow sump. See Figure A.5
  5. Remove the 1″ Threaded Black plug from the desired bulkhead for use.
  6. Use the SK Access hole and slowly screw in the SK5000’s 1″ Drain Flow tube into the included 1″ Bulkhead. This only needs to be slightly screwed in and DO NOT Overtighten it. It will be hard to remove later if it is over tightened.
  7. If needed to align the SK5000 you can loosen the 1″ Bulkhead nut from the back side and adjust. Then re-tighten the bulkhead nut after putting the thumbscrews into place on the SK Plate.
  8. Close the water bypass triangle on the SK5000 all the way. This will not need to be used unless you have too much flow thru the Clarisea SK5000.
  9. Do the same for the second Clarisea if you are using 2 of them.
  10. If using only one Clarisea SK5000, install the filter sock plate and a filter sock into the empty space.
  11. You are now ready to turn on your return pump on your system!

FIGURE A.7

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