As most of you may know about Boxters 180G in-wall project, he has asked me to build him a custom acrylic sump. Here is a rough design that I am posting for critique. Again keep in mind this is a very rough fast sketch.
Here are his goals:
-External skimmer sits off to the left of diagram fed via bulkheads
-Have the return chamber large to maintain a uniform waterlevel. (thus inside baffles are 1" lower that the outside intake chamber baffles.
-Have return pump centered on tank to avoid varying head heights which would change flow on one side or the other.
The total capacity as designed is approx 53 Gallons with an optimal running capacity of about 43-45 Gallons. Construction is planned to be of 3/8" cell cast acrylic. With what many baffles stuctural integrity is not an issue. However, at the moment the issue of deciding to use a euro-style bracing acros the top has come up. Needed? *shrugs* Looking for input. I have even considered using strips for a little additional support or even using 1/4" euro style bracing to reduce material cost.
Also, I may include an optional rack system in the sump for frags
as Bok has inquired about it and intends to light the fuge well with PC
Thoughts, Comments, or otherwise?