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My first 54 gallon corner saltwater tank

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My first 54 gallon corner saltwater tank
Old 10-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #41
 
Step 6

Using the baffle walls as a guide, trim the size of the sponge filter to fit your sump. I recommend having the filter approximately 1/16" to a 1/4" too big. This will have your filter fit nice and snug which will keep it in place and prevent it from being easily dislodged. Don't have it too snug because then it'll be too difficult to remove for maintenance cleaning...
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:36 AM   #42
 
Step 7

Gather your equipment and set the sump and the tools on a work table with plenty of space to move around. Once you're ready, make a mock up of the finished product using the masking tape, a measuring tape and your sketch. It's a good idea to triple check the measurements to your sketch and ensure the baffle walls are in the correct location. Once you're satisfied with the mock up you can use a strip of masking tape to mark the exact location of each wall. When you're applying the silicone the sponge filter needs to be removed.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:06 AM   #43
 
Step 8

Almost ready to apply silicone.

Remove the 3rd wall (the one between the sponge filter and where the utility pump will be).

Now that you've got only two walls in the sump, secure them on one side firmly with masking tape. You'll be applying the silicone to one side of two of the walls. Be sure to place the tape so it can be easily removed after the sealant has cured or is firm enough to not be marred.

Now either measure from the wall you have secure (or if you used masking tape to mark their locations when you mocked it up) set and secure the second wall.

It's easier to mark all of the baffle wall locations when you have the project mocked up. You will probably be moving the walls in and out so it'll definitely save some time. Just be sure to place the location marked tape high enough to not interfere with the baffle walls and there installation.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:22 AM   #44
 
Step 9

With two of the walls secure and your equipment ready, don vinyl or nitrile type gloves. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the instructions on the back of the container.

Depending on how wide the gap is between your tank wall and the baffle wall you'll need to trim the applicator nozzle accordingly. I'd err on the side of caution here and trim it so a nice heavy bead is applied. Keep in mind that the sump will more than likely hidden under a cabinet so cosmetic appearance is trivial.

Tip : It is easier to apply a smooth bead if you cut the applicator nozzle on a 45 degree angle
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:28 AM   #45
 
Step 10

Starting at a bottom corner, firmly grip and squeeze the tube until the sealant starts to flow. When this occurs, slowly move up and/or along the joint to apply an even bead of silicone. The bead doesn't have to be perfect at this point.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:22 AM   #46
 
Step 10 continued...

Immediately after applying the bead of silicone, stick your finger in the bottom corner and run it along the bead. This will force the sealant into the joint and create a nice uniform bead. Repeat these actions for the remaining joints on the two walls then it's time to let them set. I waited overnight and continued the project the next morning.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #47
 
Step 11

Clean Up

When you're finished with one side of the two walls and letting them set, clean and store the silicone.
Immediately cap the tube and set aside. You should then use several Q-tips and push the silicone out of the Applicator nozzle. I suggest doing this several times to ensure all of the sealant is out of the Nozzle.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:31 AM   #48
 
Step 12

The following morning, remove the tape from both of the baffle walls. You can then apply the silicone to this side. Remember to don your vinyl or nitrile gloves, these actually make it easier to apply the sealant and make for easy clean-up.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #49
 
Easy modification of the Sponge Filter

When you've applied the sealant to the second side of the 2 walls I would wait a few hours to let it set up. The Baffle walls should be secure at this point so it should be ok to proceed with the final wall.

However, in the mean time you could make this quick and easy modification to the sponge filter :

By using fishing line and a large sewing needle you can make a handle which will assist you in removing the sponge in the future for maintenance.

Simply tie the line to the needle and feed it through the height of the sponge near one end of the sponge. You then should feed it back through the sponge near the other end of the sponge.

Tip: You could also slide beads or even ceramic bio noodles to create a nice handle.

When you have two loose ends on one side of the sponge secure them by tying the following knot...http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18fc...f/original.gif

See Pics below for assistance.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #50
 
Step 13

Now two of the walls are secure and it's time to set the third baffle wall.
Using the masking tape marks as a guide, set the third wall with masking tape on the sponge filter side. It'll be easier to apply silicone on the inside if the wall is already secured.

When you set the wall up, make sure the filter will have a nice snug fit by sliding it in to place.
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