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Old 02-12-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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55 gal sump

Got a free tank from a friend time to make a larger refugium what changes should I make?

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3 sections 2 foot refugium

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1 bulkhead for water in from dt
1 bulkhead for water to skimmer
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1st section 8"x11 3/4"x16" through 1 1/2" divider panels into refugium



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Return with 2 more bulkheads to run external pumps and return section is 9"x11 1/2" x 16"
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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I found out if you lay down a bead of silicone A day before it gives you a type of flexible joint that will hold the plastic better
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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With the one panel I had laying around I installed last night and leak tested. I know that there will be water on both sides but I don't like transfer like that. It'll just work its way and ruin the silicone joint

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With the one panel I had laying around I installed last night and leak tested. I know that there will be water on both sides but I don't like transfer like that. It'll just work its way and ruin the silicone joint

About 10 gallons


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Old 02-15-2012, 11:45 PM   #5
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All six panels in back painted black and bottom painted white. Tomorrow I attempt to drill the 5-2 3/8" holes. I've never drilled glass but I feel pretty confident with my carpentry skills.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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Ok got the holes drilled 2 3/8" for 1 1/2" bulkheads. Drilling was a breeze using a makita 18v lithium ion 1/2" drill and a diamond coated hole saw bought off eBay for 20$ with shipping.

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I've got some of the plumbing done. Bulkheads will be here Monday or Tuesday. Once they arrive I can get the rest of the main drain line connected to the sump and get ready to move it in where the 29g sits now.
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Awesome. Your using this 55g sump for a 29?
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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Awesome. Your using this 55g sump for a 29?
No for a 75 that will be a 180 or bigger in the next year
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #10
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Well got it all put in except for final drain and pump bulkheads. Ups was supposed to deliver them today but was missed at the sorting facility even though it said it was out for delivery all day. :/. So all is ready. Connections to the main tank were made and live stock was put into new sump.
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