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post #11 of 18 Old 05-12-2012, 11:07 PM
Whoops forgot to ask if it was acrylic or glass. Acrylic scratches very easily and I've never messed with them, so I don't really know the best way to remove the old silicone on that. With glass you can use a small straight blade, just be careful limit the area that you use it on. As in only the silicone area and nowhere else. This will limit any scratching. Scratching could be dangerous because bad bacteria could grow in there, but as long as you keep your water good it should be fine. Also, I'm assuming you know not to use any chemicals on the glass unless it says its safe for aquarium use. You'll want to wipe down and dry the area before applying new silicone.
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-13-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Whoops forgot to ask if it was acrylic or glass. Acrylic scratches very easily and I've never messed with them, so I don't really know the best way to remove the old silicone on that. With glass you can use a small straight blade, just be careful limit the area that you use it on. As in only the silicone area and nowhere else. This will limit any scratching. Scratching could be dangerous because bad bacteria could grow in there, but as long as you keep your water good it should be fine. Also, I'm assuming you know not to use any chemicals on the glass unless it says its safe for aquarium use. You'll want to wipe down and dry the area before applying new silicone.

Just filled up the tank for the night so they can swim, going to transfer them back to the tube tomorrow to reseal the holes.
Hopefully I can find some aquarium safe silicone at petsmart and maybe something to clean the hardwater stains
Also, I still have the clean the sand so that hasn't been in there yet...still a lot of work to do but I am worried about stressing them
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Please check out the curing time for the silicone, some of them require 7 days curing.
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Please check out the curing time for the silicone, some of them require 7 days curing.
Is it possible....

I have seen some saltwater tanks that have the filter in a smaller tank underneath the big one filtering the water....is it possible for me to do this with a freshwater tank?
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I have seen some saltwater tanks that have the filter in a smaller tank underneath the big one filtering the water....is it possible for me to do this with a freshwater tank?
Sumps are most often used for SW tanks with protein skimmers and/or refugiums.
They can be used for FW tanks, however, with the exception of very large tanks, a good canister filter is a simpler and better setup.

Note: I have an Aquaclear 70 HOB on my 60g that I'm very happy with.

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Sumps are most often used for SW tanks with protein skimmers and/or refugiums.
They can be used for FW tanks, however, with the exception of very large tanks, a good canister filter is a simpler and better setup.

Note: I have an Aquaclear 70 HOB on my 60g that I'm very happy with.

Could I use a sump for the 60g? I really hate the holes and would like to use them if at all possible.
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I have converted a marine tank to a FW Tank and have the sump as a very large cannister filter. I have only had this running for a few weeks and still cycling but all is going well so far. I have also taken half the lights out to reduce the wattage/gallon to about 1 watt per gallon approx. Plant growth is excellent so far and I am doing a fish in cycling with 3 Guppies in the 110G tank.
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Sumps are most often used for SW tanks with protein skimmers and/or refugiums.
They can be used for FW tanks, however, with the exception of very large tanks, a good canister filter is a simpler and better setup.

Note: I have an Aquaclear 70 HOB on my 60g that I'm very happy with.
I LOVE the Aquaclear. I have theAqua Clear 70 on my 25G and the Aquaclear 110 on my 55. i am a little over stocked so i went above and beyond. my water is CRYSTAL clear. AMAZING filters!!!!!!
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