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Old 07-20-2010, 09:57 AM   #51
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No I think the way you got it is going to be fine, the more pumps and things you add, the more of a chance you have that something will fail. Plus you want some of the nutrients of the tank water to go directly to the fuge to help grow stuff. If you skim all of it out then give it to the fuge your cheato and stuff won't do as well. Sump looks great so far too!
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:58 AM   #52
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Wow, looking awesome
Thanks! Actually having a lot of fun too... starting to dream about other larger acrylic projects.... could be dangerous.

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Sump looks great. Melevsreef would be proud Has your wife figured out you're reefing? lol Just kiddin'

Are you going to make an auto top off for your sump?
Yes kind of... I have hinted to such by just saying "well we should probably keep a couple corals".... lol And she saw the light fixture I plan to buy...

Thought about an auto top off but not sure if its something I can make happen. I may put in a float switch however.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:29 AM   #53
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Jimbo,
Thats what i was wondering about... I do plan to grow Chaeto etc... I guess I have time before plumbing it all so if anyone has input as to how I should supply water to the refugium Im all ears. Also, I ordered two 24" Nova SlimPaq T5 14W Actinics to put over my sump... think that will do the trick? Plan to run opposite my tank lights if I can keep the light escape from the stand down.
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I would plumb as much in PVC as you can. It doesn't get clogged as easily as clear tubing. With that I would imagine some just general T fitting would split it fine. You could also do a ball valve on either side of the T to adjust water flow to both areas.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:01 PM   #55
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Jimbo,
Yes, thats the plan...

BTW Just purchased:

6" Cotopus Extreme skimmer = Reef Octopus Extreme 160 Protein Skimmer by CoralVue* - AquaCave

2 Nova Slim pac T5 24" retrofit lights for the sump

a 48" Nova Extreme 8 bulb T5 fixture - a fish only tank with 432watts and moon lights. lol........ http://www.marineandreef.com/Nova_Ex...p/rcu01123.htm

My budget just took a big hit.
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Whats a budget?
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Whats a budget?
well according to my wife I have no idea..
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Startin to shape up. Got any goals set for gettin it all wet?
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Startin to shape up. Got any goals set for gettin it all wet?
not really... I have been guilty in the past of trying to do things to quickly when it comes to keeping a tank - this time I am going slow and enjoying the build. I would like to think that I can start cycling this thing within 2 weeks.
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Today I finished putting the sump together..... Then I let dry for about 3 hours and sanded the exterior corners and top edge. After sanding I used a torch to heat the edges which makes everything nice and smooth. Tomorrow I will test for leaks!!

After sanding (thats what all that dust is from... static electricity).. here she is. I figured 1/4" acrylic would be adequate to prevent any deforming (especially since there are interior supports) but I did decide to put corner bracing in each corner just to make thinks a little stronger.



After sanding, I used a torch to smooth out the edges and make them clear.



here is a corner



After the sump was done I decided to clean my existing tank.. It was filthy after sitting on a shelf for 6 years... After the previous years of use there were several minor scratches from various things. Using a polish I purchased for plastics & metals and a drill attachment I polished the inside and outside of the tank. This worked to take out all but a couple small scratches I have from rock being moved.

The stuff I used which worked well



This would take forever without a drill attachment!



All done and ready for water.

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