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Old 07-22-2015, 12:25 PM   #11
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It's all good. Thanks I'll probably just drill it first and get the bulkhead on there then paint it.


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no, then you have to deal with overspray inside the tank/bulkhead and could cause problems with clogging the threads or prevent PVC glue from getting a complete bond on the bulkhead.
Cut out a circle of paper or masking tape about 1/8" bigger than the bulkhead fittings, affix in place, paint, remove, you will have a clean circle of glass to drill and the overlap will ensure a good seal and no overspray.
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I also put a very thin coat of silicone on the bulkhead fitting where there is no gasket so it seals a little better.
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Doh, thanks PB I'll go ahead and do that then


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Old 07-22-2015, 12:45 PM   #14
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I also put a very thin coat of silicone on the bulkhead fitting where there is no gasket so it seals a little better.

I wouldn't do this personally. You're actually preventing it from seating properly. Plus, if you need to remove the bulkhead you won't be able to.
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I wouldn't do this personally. You're actually preventing it from seating properly. Plus, if you need to remove the bulkhead you won't be able to.
No, I don't put it on the inside/gasket side, I put a thin film on the outside flange where there is no gasket. Removing it really is a simple as turning it with wrench and breaking the seal. I'm not talking a huge bead, just a thin coating that will squish out and create a tiny bead around the bulkhead flange that screws on.

Been doing it for decades with no problems.
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No, I don't put it on the inside/gasket side, I put a thin film on the outside flange where there is no gasket. Removing it really is a simple as turning it with wrench and breaking the seal. I'm not talking a huge bead, just a thin coating that will squish out and create a tiny bead around the bulkhead flange that screws on.

Been doing it for decades with no problems.

Well, either way, I would still skip it. Again, personal opinion, seems like an unnecessary step, but that's just me. If water is actually reaching the point of the silicon, you would want to know and be able to see it, so you know to tighten it down.
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I appreciate all the input guys. I'm probably not going to use the silicone but I'll keep it in mind. Next step is trying to figure out what skimmer to get. And return pump.


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I appreciate all the input guys. I'm probably not going to use the silicone but I'll keep it in mind. Next step is trying to figure out what skimmer to get. And return pump.


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Can check out the eheim like I mentioned, it's really quiet and adjustable. For a skimmer I run a reef octo nwb110, it really pulls a lot out of my system. If you want something with a smaller footprint check out the bubble magus, as the pumps are housed in the body of the skimmer as opposed to externally.
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Yay! So exciting! I have no technically advice to impart so I'll just cheer you along 😃


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Yeah I'm looking at the bubble magus NAC3.5 or the octopus int 110.


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