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Old 02-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hi all. I am wanting to build a sump. I have looked and looked but cant find any plans on the internet. I intend to build it out of a 10gal glass tank but don;t have a clue as to how to go about it. I will probably use acrylic as the dividers. Any measurments or pictures would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #2
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Hi all. I am wanting to build a sump. I have looked and looked but cant find any plans on the internet. I intend to build it out of a 10gal glass tank but don;t have a clue as to how to go about it. I will probably use acrylic as the dividers. Any measurments or pictures would be greatly appreciated.
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There are videos on YouTube. Some good ones.
And I could be wrong but I'm not sure if you can use acrylic inserts on a glass tank. I think they have to be glass baffles.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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Mine is a 40g. This is a pretty good picture to show dividers.


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Old 02-18-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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how do determin how much space between dividers and heights and spacings.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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I believe it's just a personal judgement thing. You can have as many dividers as you'd like.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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Something like this. You can use cardboard to do a rough sketch. Then take those measured pieces to you local glass or plastic store and they'll cut to size. Do you have a Taps plastic near you? They're awesom!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:48 PM   #7
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dont have a taps store but do have a local glass shop. How much space between the baffles? It looks like about an inch from what I see.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #8
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It can be an .75'-1'.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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You can use acrylic for the baffles. Our local Lowes cuts it to size for free. Placement depends a lot on what you want in your sump. For the bubble trap I used 2 standard sized CD casesfor separation and 3 cases for the height from the bottom of the center baffle. You also need to know what equipment you want in the sump such as the heater(s), grounding probe, temperature probe, dosing pumps, etc. Here is an idea I had for when I re-do mine. One thing you MUST keep in mind: Use GE Type 1 100% silicone or equivalent when you seal in the panels. Do not use anything with mildew inhibitors, colors, or any other additive. they are usually poisonous to your fish.
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If you are using a glass tank, I would use glass for the partitions. It's not expensive and won't bow. In order to figure out what space you need, you'll need to figure out what you are putting in it. If you are thinking of a protein skimmer, I would find a skimmer, and then build the sump to accommodate it. The same goes for everything else you want in the sump.
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