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Old 05-14-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Completed my FW 120g with 40g Sump

It look 4-5 months to gather all the funds to purchase everything I needed, but its worth the wait. After drilling my tank 2-3 weeks ago, I hooked up my glass-hole overflow. Today, I finished the plumbing.

I bought the 1500 overflow kit and the 3/4" return kit.


The eggcrate basket carries enough Seachem Pond Matrix to fill up a 5g bucket. After testing for a month and a half, I don't think it can culture anaerobic bacteria (removal of nitrAte). This is my biological filtration.


I have 2 large filter socks (100 microns each) to catch most things coming from the main tank. These filter socks are 7"x16", so it will take long to clog up. Nevertheless, I have a 3rd filter sock as a spare back-up. This is my mechanical filtration. The ultra-flex PVC pipe makes plumbing very easy. I only needed 2 elbows for my whole system.


My return pump will go in the right side of the sump. The return line has no elbows at all because the 3/4" ultra-flex PVC pipe is extremely flexible. I bought a Danner Mag-Drive Supreme 18. I'm expecting ~1100gph overall flow. Ample of room left to add more equipment if needed.


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I'm waiting for the my PVC cement to finish curing. I will do a leak test tomorrow. If all goes well, then my Fahaka puffer can go back into his home.

Next project is adding an Algae Turf Scrubber (ATS). I will need more funds, so maybe 2-3 months before I'm done.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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nice.good luck with the leak test
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:38 AM   #3
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I got a leak around one of elbows at the overflow area. It is seeping a drop of water every 1 minute. How to fix the leak? The only difference between the two elbows is that there is slightly more weight from the pipe on the side that is leaking.


I also notice that the return elbow is noisy. Does this mean anything?
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:59 AM   #4
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I just found the problem. Around the gasket, I can feel an uneven surface on the glass. Its barely noticeable to the touch of my hand. I think the gasket is too close to the drilled site. Can I just use aquarium silicone to cover up this part?
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Yes, use a fish friendly sealant and just caulk around the entire fitting.
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