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Sol2reef

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DIY Sump/Refugium
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:26:23 pm »
I decided instead of throwing 3-4 Benjamins on a pre-made sump w/fuge I would build my own to my own needs.  This is my first time building a sump so suggestions would be appreciated!  It measures 36x15x15.  10'' skimmer area then 16" fuge area and 6'' return area. 1 baffle before fuge area and 2 after.  And about 10" water height.  So far made drawing with sizes and bought the acrylic.
Question-> Whats a good space between Baffle walls? 1'', 1.25", or 1.5"? (good flow and micro bubble reduction)

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 03:53:37 pm »
Also was wondering where i can get some bonding agent for the acrylic. Home Depot and Lowe's dont have it.

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 04:28:39 pm »
You can check my build out on my website:  www.canfieldreef.com

All you need to bond the dividers to the premade tank is 100% pure silicone (sold as Silicone 1, WITHOUT the mold inhibitor).  If you are tlaking about needing weld-on for acrylic.  Try RFP plastics in Kennewick. 582-3833

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 05:33:03 pm »
You can check my build out on my website:  www.canfieldreef.com

All you need to bond the dividers to the premade tank is 100% pure silicone (sold as Silicone 1, WITHOUT the mold inhibitor).  If you are tlaking about needing weld-on for acrylic.  Try RFP plastics in Kennewick. 582-3833

I'm building it from scratch so I need the Weld-on to bond all corners probably #16.  I was gonna check out RFP plastics tomorrow but was wondering if others sell it.  Prob is I might me getting off work late and might not make it in time.  They close at 5 right?

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 07:02:44 pm »
Current Blueprint

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 11:00:00 am »
Looks like an excessive amount of baffles to me, I think you should be able to easily cut the number in half.

Also, it is usually more desirable to lay out the sump in this order; skimmer > return > refugium.  You then feed the refugium with a T and a gate valve off your return so that you can control the amount of flow through the fuge.  Typically we want the water to move a little slower through the fuge and setup the way you have pictured you will not be able to control that flow at all.

Just my two copper.

Brian

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 12:01:40 pm »
I. Have some acrylic bond u can use one can last a long time give me a call 406 498 1229  :D

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2012, 01:41:07 pm »
I. Have some acrylic bond u can use one can last a long time give me a call 406 498 1229  :D
Thank you but I picked some up this morning.  I'm off today so I grabbed some. Almost done with the baffles.  Once that's done gonna start gluing, yay!

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 09:29:20 pm »
Finished My Sump/Fuge. will post pics soon. Anybody have some spare Chaeto? I will buy some, so no worring about giving it away...

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 11:38:34 pm »
I got some I can spare

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012, 01:05:06 pm »
I got some I can spare
Sweet! Thanks, I'll give u a call tomorrow k? What's a good time?

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2012, 01:41:07 pm »
After 8 pm have to work then I'm free

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2012, 05:07:32 pm »
After 8 pm have to work then I'm free
Ok sweet I'll give u a call then!

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2012, 08:13:28 pm »
Pics of build

Sol2reef

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Re: DIY Sump/Refugium
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2012, 08:15:19 pm »
more pics
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