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Old 10-07-2006, 11:25 AM   #21
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Yeah I didn't think it would work lol...Just an idea. heh heh.
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:18 PM   #22
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Heh, I went though about fifty ideas before I settled on one. And then I redid that one a couple of times.
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Old 10-13-2006, 09:24 PM   #23
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Well I got my tank and stand. Here are a couple pics. I'm going to have to modify the stand a little to get my sump to fit. But it shouldn't be that big of a deal.




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Old 10-15-2006, 09:12 AM   #24
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Sweet tank you got there!

Tagging along as I'm starting to make my own 110G reef Maybe I can learn something from your setup
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:21 PM   #25
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A couple nights ago I attepted to make my overflow. I was going to do a dual overflow but decided not to because I'm going to do a closed loop. I used c-clamps and a flat bar to hold the plexi to a table at the point I wanted the acrylic to bend. I used a torch to heat the acrylic and slowly applied pressure to curve it into shape.

The problems I had with this - the torch left burn marks on the acrylic. And if you bend it too fast, or without heating it up enough , the plexi will crack. I had a small fracture on one end of the overflow that I filled with epoxy. so no biggy. Anywho, I will probobly just go get more acrylic and see if I can do it better the second time around.

So, I'm going to have a single overflow in the middle, and 2 returns from it hanging over the top of the tank. One on each side of the tank. Then I will set up a closed loop with 2 intakes with strainers, and then have that go into 4 returns that will be drilled through the glass. 2 on each side.

Here is a crude drawing of how it will kind of be layed out.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:40 PM   #26
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Use flex pipe wherever possible and stay away from the elbows. I used the spa stuff that glues into pvc easily.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:27 PM   #27
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Thank, I'll keep that in mind. I've been planning on using the PVC hose.It's very flexable and sturdy.

The only place I am planning on having a problem is the overflow pipe coming out the back of the tank. If I was coming out the bottome of the tank, I woulnd't have a problem. But I am going to have to use a 90 when I come out of the back, unless you or somebody else has a better suggest. I'd appreciate it.
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Oh yeah. Out the back. 90 degree elbow. I see now.

Anyway, this is the stuff I'm talking about. Glues right into gate valves, elbows, whatever. It's the black hoses. One across the back. That's a return to the sump/fuge. The other is the output for the skimmer before it goes into the sump/fuge. Hadn't done it yet, but the "T" you see still had to get the hoses glues into'm. Ended uup with white hose there.
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Cool man, I'll have to do that.

Another question I have is what bulkheads to buy? I was going to order them from www.customaquatics.com but I can't figure out which ones I need.

I need 4 of them that use like a 1" pipe and 3 or them that use a 2" pipe. Can somebody help me with a link of which ones I should use. There seems to be a lot of different styles.
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You know the size already right? You mean whether to get threaded or unthreaded/slip. And on which side.

Not sure how to answer you on that one. Where are you using them? Bulkeads for the drilled overflow in the back?

Try this...

http://www.marinedepot.com/aquarium_..._strainers.asp
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