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Old 02-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Diy tank AND sump!!

M going to make a custom tank that will act as a sump for the bottom of my 30 gallon reef tank. Im gonna need all the help I can get because, quite honestly, I'm really new at this. I have made one 10 gallon sump before and hated it because o made it way to complex and the plumbing sucked.
That being said, I was thinking I would do acrylic for this because I can't find 1/4 inch glass anywhere. I already have aquarium silicone and an overflow. I have some plumbing from my old sump but I would rather have flexible hose so I can't screw something up lol.I'll post a pic of it below. Its going to be about 10- 15 gallons and have a Refugium, skimmer, and a place for my other small equipment. I'd like to put a ato in it at some point but not right now.
I hope this will help some people with their diy project because it will sure help me. Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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Great!

First question, acrylic or glass? I can get acrylic easier and I don't mind it scratching, its a sump.
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Sorry, forgot the pic of my old plumbing. I cut it in half with a hacksaw for storage purposes and I will just need a union valve ( I think?) to put it back together.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:56 PM   #5
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What about using a 15g tank to start instead since that'll save a decent bit of money over buying and cutting glass/acrylic
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I would but it won't fit in width. It's 12 inches wide or so and I can do 9 1/2 at the absolute most.
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In that case id go with acylic since its easier to cut and drill..that was my plan until I found a already made 20L
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I'll do acrylic then. Will I need weldon for it? I was hoping aquarium grade silicone sealant because that's what I have lol.. I dont want this to be really costly because I could just get it made by a lfs then.
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Unfortunately no silicone won't bond to acrylic correctly you'll have to use weldon but it isn't to expensive..the acrylic is where all your money is gonna be at
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Okay. And should it be 1/2" or 1/4"? Its going to be 13.5" tall
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