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Old 07-21-2010, 01:03 AM   #61
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Everything's lookin' great. How your water leak test turns out fine

I was hoping you would diy the auto top off so that I could see how it's done. I like how you're documenting with photos, it's make it easier for me this winter.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:27 PM   #62
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capj64, You got that backwards... you are supposed to do the auto top off so I can copy it...

Besides testing the sump, today I plan on doing some plumbing... How does this look?

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Old 07-21-2010, 12:33 PM   #63
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at that T joint for the split on the return, you want it to look like an upside down T not a 90 degree right T. The way it is now, it will flow right through that and won't split at all.

If you use any sort of tubing, use garden hose. Its much cheaper and it wont grow algae on the inside like clear tube and plug everything up.
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Not sure if you already said this but I'm just curious, how much was the acrylic used for sump?
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Jimbo, Check it again.. better?

Aquarium1, I didn't say... the sheet was $140.. More than I had expected... I bought a 1/4" thick cast - 4'x8' sheet. I would have just bought the amount I needed but I waited till the day I was traveling to Boise (where they sell acrylic like this) to place the order.. they didn't have time to cut it that day so I bought the entire sheet. I have almost a half sheet left over so I would estimate the material cost to be around $80-$90 for the acrylic.
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So you changed the blueprint instead of adding a new one? Because I don't see what Jimbo is talking about at all
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ahh ok. Wonder what the volume is in that sump. I might have to do that when I dive into SW lol.
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Yea that looks better. Check around for some calculators on pump size, flow, and tubing size. Make sure you plumb it up with the right tubing or it will be a mess. I'm sure someone has one bookmarked...melosu..

$140 is still really good for a sump. If you consider a commercial alternative for the same size setup. $300 for an Oceanic systems, $350 for an AGA, plus you have it designed exactly how you want it.
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Wonder what the volume is in that sump.
Based on my calculations..... It will hold 38 gallons when full... it will probably operate at about 24 gallons.
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Yea that looks better. Check around for some calculators on pump size, flow, and tubing size. Make sure you plumb it up with the right tubing or it will be a mess.
Well the outlet on the pump (mag 9.5) is a threaded 3/4" line so I figured the 3/4" PVC would work fine... The pump will have about a 4.5' head and based on the specs for this pump at that head height I should yield about 800gph. I know this isn't to much volume for the overflow to handle since I have ran it with this tank and overflow before. But perhaps I should set all the plumbing up and test it all out before gluing any PVC....?

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$140 is still really good for a sump. If you consider a commercial alternative for the same size setup. $300 for an Oceanic systems, $350 for an AGA, plus you have it designed exactly how you want it.
True, that and I have almost a half sheet left over... perhaps there will be construction of a nano or something in my future....
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