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SKAustin 01-26-2007 08:17 PM

SKAustin's Reef Diary
 
Ok, folks. Things are beginning to move forward with the reef tank. The first signs of progress, Ive completed my Sump/Refugium.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/47_a_sump_1.jpg

Salty water is expected to hit the tank in about 2 weeks. WOO HOO!

trreherd 01-26-2007 09:02 PM

wow that is a nasty sump. Your an exelent handy man. actualy i have been having bubbles problems in my new tank so i thinki will turn my sump into somethink like that. How did you attach the glass to the tank? I heard silicon doesent stick?
Ps
did you get my pm?

caferacermike 01-26-2007 11:36 PM

Big Steve I like your crafty sump. Only 1 quick question before disaster. Your water line will be about 2" from the top. Have you thought about insurance area if the power ever fails? I'm betting $1 tonight that in the event of a power failure your sump will quickly overflow. I don't mean to play devil's advocate but I would really hate to see the post about flooding your carpet and know I never said anything.

usmc121581 01-27-2007 07:37 AM

Yeah he has a battery backup for the pump.

SKAustin 01-27-2007 09:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trreherd
wow that is a nasty sump. Your an exelent handy man. actualy i have been having bubbles problems in my new tank so i thinki will turn my sump into somethink like that. How did you attach the glass to the tank? I heard silicon doesent stick?
Ps
did you get my pm?

I used Aquarium silicone and, for the time being, it seems to be holding just fine. I will be testing the contraption a little later and will post on how well the silicone holds up. And No, i did not recieve a PM from you, could you try to resend it?

Quote:

Originally Posted by caferacermike
Big Steve I like your crafty sump. Only 1 quick question before disaster. Your water line will be about 2" from the top. Have you thought about insurance area if the power ever fails? I'm betting $1 tonight that in the event of a power failure your sump will quickly overflow. I don't mean to play devil's advocate but I would really hate to see the post about flooding your carpet and know I never said anything.

Actually Mike, there is 4 inches the between the top of the baffles and the top of the aquarium (20 gallon aquarium). Based on the footprints of both aquariums, that should allow 1 1/2" of aquarium drainage plus the contents of both the inlet and oulet pipes. As long as the overflow box and an "anti syphon" hole in the oulet pipe are above that 1 1/2" line, there should be no issue with sump overflow. But yes, as Mikey has indicated. There will be a battery backup dedicated to the return pump and overflow pump (if i have one). So you can send your $1 to S.K.Austin c/o Glenville Police Dept, 18 Glenridge Road, Glenville NY 12302 :D

But seriously, Thanks for the heads up.

SKAustin 01-27-2007 12:15 PM

here's a look at the plans with measurements.

One note, the measurement for the inlet is actually 5 1/2", the bubble trap is an additional 1 7/8", so the First section should read a width of 7 3/8".

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/47_a_sump2_1.jpg

trreherd 01-27-2007 12:58 PM

are you gunna do a skimmer?

SKAustin 01-27-2007 01:00 PM

Yes, Skimmer will be installed in the inlet area of the sump.

Brandon 01-27-2007 04:25 PM

Silicon was pretty much made for glass so if thats what you used then it should never come off.

Lets see some water!!!!!!!!!!!

SKAustin 01-27-2007 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brandon
Lets see some water!!!!!!!!!!!

Um, OK.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/47_water_1.jpg

You asked for it!


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