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    Senior Member solowma's Avatar
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    Building a sump

    Well I have been looking at different sump plans on the net and reading. I think I am going to give it a whirl and build my own. My question is, where can I get 1/4" acrylic in Ottawa?
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    hmm if you have to ask do you really want to build a sump? not being rude but your talking about something that has to hold water!
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    PVC PLUS are the 2 best opptions but be carefull unless you were just thinking of putting baffles in a glass tank?

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    are you doing all the cutting and edge prep too? it may cost more but if you don't have the right tools, having the acrylic store cut it for you may be best.

    it is very satisfying building a sump yourself and a lot cheaper than getting one custom made. i have built a few over the years and would love to see your plans.
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    Hey,

    I just finished building mine and I spent a good part of 3 months looking and reading on the net. In the end it was way easier, cheaper, faster to add baffles to a glass tank. I used acrylic and aquarium safe silicon. It worked perfect and I only had to make simple strait cuts with my table saw. I grated one edge using a router kit for my dremel. Few hours of work not including 24hour set time for silicon.

    if you haven't already check this guys site out...

    http://melevsreef.com/

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    I have worked with plastics before and yah, it can be hard. But I think I may give it a try. I want to compare prices before starting to having one built for me. There is no satisfaction liking building something yourself.
    Once I get the plans from paper to computer, I will post them up.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    Hey since you are starting from scratch maybe you can write a walk through document with picture along the way. Sort of a how-to doc not just a simple guide. Working with plastics is a pain sometimes and it would be nice to see someone in the area do it with local resources.

    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkBait View Post
    I used acrylic and aquarium safe silicon.


    you should check that the silicone you used will bond acrylic. most will not permanently adhere to and seal acrylic together. just for piece of mind, i would suggest you check into it, especially if it did not specifically say that it is for acrylic.
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    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    I hope you do well with your acrulic sump!! I built 55 gallon aquarium in acrylic. It was way cheaper to build it myself, and also I had to build it because there was no aquaium that came in the size I wanted (3'x3'x10''). But be careful with the product which is use to bond the acrylic together although if you have work with plastic before you might already know that!! It would be also a great addition to add bracing on the tank you will build it will make it stronger.

    Well good luck!

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    I will tonight thanks for the note. I did try to loosen the baffles after the wait time and because my buble trap is one inch sepperation I could only apply silicon on one side. The baffles are frimly in place.

    But I will double check any way.

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    that is an idea of using a tank. I want to use as much space under my stand as possible and my measurements are so far 40" x 11" with skimmer --->Return<---- Refuge design. Melsreef design in fact. I could do it with a tank but have to find a one with similar or close enough dimensions.
    Cutting, routing plastic isn't the hard part. Getting it put together and sealed is the hard part. Reading more and more and questioning myself, Do I or Don't I.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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