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Old 05-12-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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Rubbermaid Sump

I was thinking of sticking a little 10 gal or so rubbermaid container under there (Mainly to grow kelp and stuff to feed the fish with sometimes) but dont know how you plubm it. Can anyone help?
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some sort of overflow from the tank.. Im guessing its not drilled.. and pump the water back..
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Unless it is an extraordinarily stout Rubbermaid, you do not want to be filling it very high (they tend to bow alarmingly over a few days when filled past halfway) or drilling it in any way.....your best bet will be to run the pipe/hose/tubing over the top lips and run inline pumps....but a 15-20 gallon tank would be cheaper and more stable.
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sounds like you would have to alter the rubbermaid to make it strong enough to use as a deep sump.. Like making braces that are epoxied onto the outside of the container.. It might be cheaper to and easier to go with something stronger in the first place.. If you planned filling the sump very deep.
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The sump can only be appx 1/2 full(to allow for backflow in case of power outage) so you would have to have a 20g container in order to have about 10g of actual water. Some lfs will sell their old display tanks when they get too scratched to use in the store. They usually sell them dirt cheap(maybe even free if they know you). My sump is a 10g tall trash can but we have had a sump/fuge combo out of 2 rubbermaid tubs plumbed together with pvc. Each tub was about 20g and were only about 1/4 to half full so we didn't have the bowing wall syndrome. Plus we cut out the lids to allow for electrical and return lines so the lids helped to hold the sides solid. We cut the lid on the refuge and glued plexiglass on top so we could put a plain aquarium strip on top for the algae to grow. It can be done many ways so don't be afraid to experiment. Google it.
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I had a 30g rubbermaid sump that I used and put about 26gallons in in. My sump only rose an inch or so when I lost power and the container did buldge, but was fine.
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