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Old 01-13-2015, 12:52 PM   #11
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Question....with this miscalculation, once the sump is in I will not be able to take it out. Is this much of a concern? Obviously ideally you would want to take it in and out if possible. If I ever want a new sump I can just break it and put one that fits the dimensions better. Really don't want to build a new stand....
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:17 PM   #12
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Sniper.....got the power strips the other day. Seem durable. The individual switches are sturdy as well. In previous blogs I've heard people coat their power strips under the tank with something. Kind of like a barrier over the outlets to help against moisture. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:13 PM   #13
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Haven't heard of that, no. But I actually keep all my power strips in a cabinet next to my tank. Under my tank is poor ventilation and the sump generates a lot of humidity and salt creep, so I felt more comfortable relocating everything...
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:11 PM   #14
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So I have been calling around for glass baffles to be made. I am looking for 4 baffles and surprisingly it seems high around me. Looking for 1/4 thick by 11.75w x 8.25L and one place said 22.50 a baffle which is rough. Local store said they can do it for half that but only 5/32 with "super tough" glass as they call it. I think it's a brand or something. 8/32 is a quarter inch so do you think 5/32 would be strong enough baffles being that thin but with so called extra strength glass?

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Old 01-20-2015, 01:18 PM   #15
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I did 1/4" baffles and was actually surprised with how thick/heavy they were. I would imagine they'd be ok. If the shop is close to you, you can stop in and ask them to show you the thickness difference...
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:32 PM   #16
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I ended up getting 4-- 1/4 in thick baffles that are 11.75" x 8.25" with the corners radius a bit for a snug fit. I will have one baffle in the skimmer section to set the water level and have 3 for a bubble trap after the fuge to the return.

Now I have a couple questions about equipment.
-I'm torn between the vertex omega 130 and 150...the 130 rated for 100gal the 150 rated for a 150 gallon. Difference is about 80 bucks. Both skimmer pumps have a dial to increase or decrease. I know I'll want to upgrade down the road so I'm leaning towards the omega 150. Do you think this is overkill even if I turn the skimmer pump down? Looking at about 50-60 total water volume with the 40b and 20L sumps.

Lastly, for powerheads, I first wanted the mp10, but those are 285 and now the mp40 is 299. Again looking in the future I rather have equipment that's good quality and will last instead of spending a couple hundred bucks twice. Do you think I'll be good with a mp40 just running it at low speeds?

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Old 01-20-2015, 11:21 PM   #17
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Not sure if anyone's following along but I'm doing this as something to look back on.

The good news, I drilled my tank tonight. Overall I think I did a good job. Only question is if the lil pieces that chipped along the rim are going to be a problem? There not bad just a couple

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Those chips should be nothing to worry about, as the bulkheads will cover them... Nice work.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:24 AM   #20
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In terms of the skimmer- if any thoughts of a bigger tank down the road are in question, get the bigger one. If it's not completely overkill, get the bigger one anyways.

For the powerheads, I run 2 MP10's on my 40, and get great water movement. You could get 1 MP40, again with upgrade in mind. However, I like the 2 MP10's over 1 MP40, as there is 2 sources of water movement as opposed to 1, this is just my preference as I'm sure other people could agree/disagree and that's ok. I run mine on short pulse at about 60% power, anti-sync mode.
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