Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-22-2005, 01:58 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
My sump and plumbing work!!!

I can't believe it! I spent all afternoon cutting pvc for my return lines and gluing them together. I put the whole thing in motion with my sump design, and ..... it works!

I have a few pics on a webpage with brief explanations. Will elaborate later.

Cool, if I do say so myself.

Comments and critique are welcome. I haven't fully glued the compartments in the sumpyet , so they can be changed if someone has a better idea.

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1m67e/B...ng_a_sump.html
__________________

__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 03:30 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: santa cruz california
Posts: 325
Send a message via AIM to foma2000
sweet. looks really good
__________________

__________________
there once was a kid named colin. he looked just like a gorilla. his name wasn't magilla, because it was colin.
foma2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 08:29 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Rockland, Ontario
Posts: 1,439
Looks like it was well planed. Well done!

__________________
Serge

Vote Here for Aquarium Advice
Serge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 09:41 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
Looks nice...... What kind of skimmer are you looking at? They are large so you might have a tight fit in the center chamber. Remember the skimmer needs room for a pump also.
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 10:16 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
Quote:
What kind of skimmer are you looking at? They are large so you might have a tight fit in the center chamber. Remember the skimmer needs room for a pump also.
WIll use the AcqaC urchin. According to manufacturer's description of the "footprint", it will fit in the opening. However, I haven't glued the final pieces in yet. In fact, I learned something else this morning: I couldn't get the sump out of my cabinet because of the exact fit of the plumbing. I had to rip out the bubble trap baffles to get the pump out!

Today it's off the the hardware store for a pvc union so that I can break the thing down easier. This will give me something to do today as mother nature have some snow in store for us here in NY.

Live and learn.

I'm also going to build PVC supports for my live rock. We'll see....
__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 02:13 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Salttanker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Prosper, TX.
Posts: 1,297
Nicely done.

Just a thought. I would have the fill line about center of the sump. Room for error - If the pump fails, you will want to have enough breathing room to help prevent an overflow. Looks great though!

Mike
__________________
Salttanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 07:20 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
Quote:
Just a thought. I would have the fill line about center of the sump. Room for error - If the pump fails, you will want to have enough breathing room to help prevent an overflow. Looks great though!
I thought of that, so I filled the sump and tank without the filter running, then did some on-and-off tests, including yanking the overflow box's siphon out until the pump ran dry. Both the sump (when the pump was off) and the tank (with the loss of skimmer siphon) had enough room to hold the excess water, but in the latter case, it was a close call. That's why I want to reduce the size of the compartment that holds the pump, so that less water will flow to the tank in the event of siphon break at the skimmer.

BTW, during the first wet test, I had forgotten to put a siphon break in on the return pipe. I caught the error at the moment of sump overflow .

The sad thing is that I probably won't get any work done on it today - I'm out of silicone and we're having the "Blizzard of 2005" here in NY.
__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 12:59 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
your using aquarium silicone right?????
glad to see your taking your time setting it up and making sure things run right.
__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 01:05 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
Quote:
Originally Posted by seaham358
your using aquarium silicone right?????
glad to see your taking your time setting it up and making sure things run right.
Yes, but it really doesn't seem to like to stick to acrylic - I'm using acrylic baffles in a glass aquarium. I'm going to double-goop it (new word?) and test each compartment separately. The key baffle (the most baffling baffle? ha-ha ) is the one that isolates the pump from the rest of the sump - in case of siphon beak at the overflow box I want minimum water in that chamber.
__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2005, 02:10 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
I braved the elements and went out to buy the silicone - I still have two teenie little leaks, so I have to finish today. Now I need to start thinking about the sand and rock. I've still yet to mix my very first salt water solution - will go get a suitable container on the way home today.

Spending money a little at a time rather than all at once is helping me deal with the "sticker shock" of this new endeavor. I just hope having the tank finally in place will be as rewarding as all of the research and prep has been.
__________________

__________________
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
plumbing, sump

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sump Plumbing Hairy_Harold DIY Projects 2 02-08-2009 01:45 AM
Need help with sump plumbing!!!! sonoma2nv Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 01-13-2006 09:11 AM
Sump Plumbing SpEd Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 06-23-2005 08:24 PM
Sump/Plumbing question JoeA Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 10-26-2004 07:20 AM
Mostly sump plumbing... mtglore Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-11-2003 09:07 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.