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Old 03-25-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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Installing bulkheads and sump...need advice.

Have installed bulkheads in my tank and am working underneath piping in the sump and pump. I have everything together but am trying to figure something. Do I glue the PVC into the bulkheads or do I just push them in until snug? I have glued everything else but don't see how I could get the tank off the stand if I had to, we're I to glue the PVC into the bulk head. On the other hand, if I don't glue them, won't they leak? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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I glued everything...nothing can be moved anyway because if the weight issues.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:25 AM   #3
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You need to glue the pvc pipe into the bulkheads (which should be made of pvc as well). If you don't, the pvc will eventually leak.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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Install unions in your supply and return piping and that way you can take it apart if you every have to without cutting it.
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+1 on unions. Use em everywhere!
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Yep, I'd cut a short piece (2" or so) of PVC and glue the union right below the bulkhead... that way if you ever change anything, you can just unscrew it and re-do the plumbing.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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I thought of unions. I put one right above the pump and then right above the drain inlet to the sump just in case I needed to take out the pump or sump. I didn't out up high though below the bottom of tank bulkheads. My concern now though is what if I need to take the tank off the stand.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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Thanks for the advice. I did go ahead and glue them. I have another question though. After a lot of thought,mi have changed my mind about setting up my first reef and instead am going to use this tank to grow my Livingstonii (African Cichlids). Right now I have 1 male and 2 female. I would like to try to get them to breed. I will probably get another female or two but that will probably be about all I put in this one while keeping all my other Africans in a separate tank.

I have never had a tank with a sump. I have set this up as a wet/dry sump and am curious about maintenance. What do I need to do to maintain the sump and how often? I'm also curious, can I put a heater in the sump rather than the tank?
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:15 AM   #10
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Neil W.....it appears you have the same sump I just picked up. Have you been happy with it? How did you set yours up? Is that a Berlin?
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