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Old 09-21-2011, 02:50 PM   #21
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Oh guys, you know I didn't mean it like that

I mean the mr x's and melousi and the others who have been doing this stuff for decades. lol

We all cool guys? Sorry I SOO didn't mean for it to sound like that.

Now your making them sound old.LOL
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LOL Carey. No offense on my side of the fence cause I know what my experience level is. Newbie at best!!!! LOL
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In this situation, if I could possibly have come up with this unique plan adn I was in his place, I would want as many experienced reefers to come and punch holes in and make suggestions. Old or not, they have the knowledge I don't for sure and probably not alot of people do. Liek my AA heroes.

As a side note, I am old already, so I kinda get a pass if I insinuate someone else is old. LOL I wish I could say I've been keeping a reef for 20 years, heck, I'll be close to dead in 20 years so I'll never get to say that.

I think this sump plan has alot of merit and I can't really note any deficiencies or add anything. to me it looks like it'll work.
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None here either!!!,just jesting.
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In this situation, if I could possibly have come up with this unique plan adn I was in his place, I would want as many experienced reefers to come and punch holes in and make suggestions.
I have to agree - I'd rather have the holes punched now rather than AFTER i build it

and just for the record.. Ive been lurking here for a month now and i would have to say you could certainly be counted among the "experts".
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What are you thinking about doing in regards to top off?, Are you putting in an auto one or just use a bucket?
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right now i don't really know what to expect in terms of evaporation, so initially, i was just thinking I would manually top it off.

That's bridge I have not really crossed yet...
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Thats what I do,
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First Test

Welp, i finally settled on a design - Thanks to everyone for your feedback. I ended up incorporating a few of the suggestions and tweaked the overall design.

Primarily, i moved the pump to below the water line and simplified the sump designs a little bit.

I sent the design off to get built a few weeks ago, and received my new sump tanks on Friday. Over the weekend, i did a "Dry-run" run by mocking-up the system on a workbench with a small 8 gallon tank to serve as a stand-in for the actual tank.

I ran the system for about 2 hours and everytning seems to work as expected - you can see the video here:
Custom Split Sump & Refugium System (First Test) - YouTube

The position of everything is placed and measured according to how they will fit inside the stand with the exception of the sumps, which are flopped (they'll face the other direction when actually installed).

All the plumbing is only dry fit for now - I'll be gluing the pieces later in the week and may actually add water and start cycling it by the end of next weekend .
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Very nice. I like it. Looks very clean.
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