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Old 09-25-2012, 02:08 PM   #101
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The black part is the bulkhead adapter, they are fairly inexpensive (about $3-$5 depending on the size) then just buy PVC at your local hardware store.
Ohhh so it's commonly found... So how do I get it off??? I'll have to break it off. How do you suggest I go about it? It is glued on with something strong.... I'm trying to get te PVC off to take to the hardware to get new!
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #102
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Ohhh so it's commonly found... So how do I get it off??? I'll have to break it off. How do you suggest I go about it? It is glued on with something strong....
It will unscrew from the bottom side. It should only be about hand tight maybe a little tighter if you tighten them too much it will crack the glass/acrylic bulkhead

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I just noticed yours will unthread from the top. You will have to cut the pipe just above the black part (if its glued in) and then unscrew the black nut
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The previous owner may have siliconed it in which I've seen some people do and is a major headache : /
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #104
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I have been trying to unscrew it every single day lol... Pretty much every time I walk by it!!! I'm pretty sure it is siliconed in... I'm gonna make a pot of coffee and try some more... Headache is the perfect description haha!!! I really can't do anything until I get it squared away... I guess I could work on the sump, it just annoys me I can't get it off lol!
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I have hear of people using rubbing alcohol to soften the silicone, you could try that. If the used PVC cement you will probably have to cut the pipe then unscrew the bulkhead adapter. Either way anything you do should be done gently so as not to crack the glass
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #106
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I have hear of people using rubbing alcohol to soften the silicone, you could try that. If the used PVC cement you will probably have to cut the pipe then unscrew the bulkhead adapter. Either way anything you do should be done gently so as not to crack the glass
I am so nervous!!! I would be so mad at myself if I broke it!
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I have hear of people using rubbing alcohol to soften the silicone, you could try that. If the used PVC cement you will probably have to cut the pipe then unscrew the bulkhead adapter. Either way anything you do should be done gently so as not to crack the glass
+1.. if it were me I would just leave all that there as long as its not cracked or leaking.. probably a better chance of doing bad then good replacing it if its that tough. Just replace the rest of the pvc
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Just curious, did you see the system up and running prior to purchase? If not I would set it up outside and fill it with water to check for leaks before you spend a lot of time and money on something that has a bad seal.
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+1.. if it were me I would just leave all that there as long as its not cracked or leaking.. probably a better chance of doing bad then good replacing it if its that tough. Just replace the rest of the pvc
So how do I patch up the cracked PVC???? Cement?? Will that hold in the long term??

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Just curious, did you see the system up and running prior to purchase? If not I would set it up outside and fill it with water to check for leaks before you spend a lot of time and money on something that has a bad seal.
I did not but I did see the one they swapped it out for, they took everything out and put it in a 6ft bow front. The most beautiful reef I have EVER seen! I do plan on testing it... I'm moving here soon and my thought were to leave it outside and test the seals before bringing it it. All the seals look immaculate tho.
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Sounds like a 155bf which I can't seem to find one anywhere near me :'( if its cracked though then you'll need to replace it.
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