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Old 12-20-2007, 02:53 PM   #11
 
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thanks... with all said, i will try using flexible scruber, vineger and beach...

If i leave the sump as it is, and let it run in freshwater, will that affect my water or my fish. being corrosive and all, is there a chance bacteria will form there.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:05 PM   #12
 
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thanks... with all said, i will try using flexible scruber, vineger and beach...

If i leave the sump as it is, and let it run in freshwater, will that affect my water or my fish. being corrosive and all, is there a chance bacteria will form there.
Go with just the vinegar and water. Skip the bleach for this project unless theres something in the sump you need to kill off.

What exactly is corrosive? What is the stain in the sump from? I was assuming it was like a skimmate film from the bubbles entering the inlet, or mineral deposits, or coraline. If thats the case, I wouldnt worry too much about it if you cant get it clean. If that stain is from an abnormal source, I would consider not using it at all.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:18 PM   #13
 
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thanks... with all said, i will try using flexible scruber, vineger and beach...

If i leave the sump as it is, and let it run in freshwater, will that affect my water or my fish. being corrosive and all, is there a chance bacteria will form there.
Go with just the vinegar and water. Skip the bleach for this project unless theres something in the sump you need to kill off.

What exactly is corrosive? What is the stain in the sump from? I was assuming it was like a skimmate film from the bubbles entering the inlet, or mineral deposits, or coraline. If thats the case, I wouldnt worry too much about it if you cant get it clean. If that stain is from an abnormal source, I would consider not using it at all.
sorriez, corrosive might have been a wrong use of word... the sump was used in a reef tank before... my guess is its mineral deposits, with dirt and sand...
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:14 PM   #14
 
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Clean it with vinegar only. Whatever remains will not effect the new tank.

That is an AllGlass brands "silent sump". The idea is that the water comes up from the bottom then over flows, this prevents the normal water fall sound. Good of you to run it on a freshwater tank. I ran a sump on my 125 fresh before moving. Now I wish it was still running. If you don't put anything at all in the sump at least it will add oxygen and ammonia gases will vent off as the water falls down the overflows. I now get an oily film on the top of the water that I never had before.

LMK if you want to sell that pleated filter in the first pic.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:26 PM   #15
 
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Clean it with vinegar only. Whatever remains will not effect the new tank.

That is an AllGlass brands "silent sump". The idea is that the water comes up from the bottom then over flows, this prevents the normal water fall sound. Good of you to run it on a freshwater tank. I ran a sump on my 125 fresh before moving. Now I wish it was still running. If you don't put anything at all in the sump at least it will add oxygen and ammonia gases will vent off as the water falls down the overflows. I now get an oily film on the top of the water that I never had before.

LMK if you want to sell that pleated filter in the first pic.
thanks... i am trying the vinegar... the sump came w/ bioballs... so i am going to use that... also will leave the heaters in there... i also have mature ceramic rings from my previous tank, so i will throw those in there as well...
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:35 PM   #16
 
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Sounds good. Looks like you will be using that filter/sump just the same as I did for several years on the 125g. I kept about 25 rare 10" plecos in that tank.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:08 PM   #17
 
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most of the gunk is gone... thanks for the help... i used vinegar and then bleach... i let the sump to dry...

i am trying to attact the overflow to the tank, but unsure which is the right way...




which way should it go?
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:39 PM   #18
 
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Another AllGlass aquariums product. You an adjustable height Durso overflow. The end you refer to points down. The sliding bit in the middle is to raise it so that it can fit 75g, 90, or 110g tanks, or similar. The tanks are each about 2" deeper than the previous with the same foot print. You can just twist and pull to raise or lower. I keep the center of the 90 about 2" below my overflow wall. This quiets the falling water sound.
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