Sold Sump help

Users who are viewing this thread

merlinr26

Neon Goby
Joined
Feb 3, 2009
Messages
693
Location
Meraux, LA
Ok so I have an elos sump and it's not going to work for what I want. Does anyone have anything they could trade. PM me for more info if needed.
 

Attachments

  • 1220201238a.jpg
    1220201238a.jpg
    144.4 KB · Views: 25
  • 1220201238b.jpg
    1220201238b.jpg
    153 KB · Views: 26
  • 1220201237.jpg
    1220201237.jpg
    161.8 KB · Views: 23
  • 1220201238.jpg
    1220201238.jpg
    146.3 KB · Views: 25

merlinr26

Neon Goby
Thread starter
Joined
Feb 3, 2009
Messages
693
Location
Meraux, LA
Has anyone ever built with acrylic? I'm thinking of maybe just building a custom refugium
 

merlinr26

Neon Goby
Thread starter
Joined
Feb 3, 2009
Messages
693
Location
Meraux, LA
This is the space that I have available
 

Attachments

  • 16142892408023783004273903746906.jpg
    16142892408023783004273903746906.jpg
    316.7 KB · Views: 26
  • 16142892695094725939381037499298.jpg
    16142892695094725939381037499298.jpg
    303 KB · Views: 27
  • 16142893662961482075135115578582.jpg
    16142893662961482075135115578582.jpg
    182.8 KB · Views: 27

skydirt

Cleaner Shrimp
Joined
Sep 24, 2018
Messages
201
Location
slidell
would a 40b fit? you could make your own sump with cut glass in it. Maybe a 20 long?
 

clsanchez77

Reefkeeping Extremist
Global Moderator
Joined
Aug 3, 2015
Messages
8,870
Location
Metairie
Acrylic is a bit tricker to work with. You will need woodworking skills and tools, with some modifications. With acrylic, edge preparation is critically important so you can get a good strong bond. You will need a router and router table for proper edge preparation. IMO, your edges will not be good enough if all you have is a carbide blade and a sanding block. If you are seriously considering it, I would look up the webpage for Melev's Reef. A lot of DIY articles on there about working with acrylic.

Glass is far more forgiving for DIY, but your options are limited as you can drill and modify glass to the same degree you can with acrylic.

My strongest recommendation is do not mix the materials. If you use a glass tank, fabricate glass baffles. If you are using an acrylic tank, use acrylic baffles. There are some retail products where you can purchase acrylic baffles to install yourself in glass tanks. I imagine they are cut 1/4" short and you have to gap fill with silicone or something. Otherwise the acrylic baffles can blow out the glass walls if they are fitting tightly. Glass and acrylic expand and contract and different rates, so that detail is important.
 

merlinr26

Neon Goby
Thread starter
Joined
Feb 3, 2009
Messages
693
Location
Meraux, LA
Acrylic is a bit tricker to work with. You will need woodworking skills and tools, with some modifications. With acrylic, edge preparation is critically important so you can get a good strong bond. You will need a router and router table for proper edge preparation. IMO, your edges will not be good enough if all you have is a carbide blade and a sanding block. If you are seriously considering it, I would look up the webpage for Melev's Reef. A lot of DIY articles on there about working with acrylic.

Glass is far more forgiving for DIY, but your options are limited as you can drill and modify glass to the same degree you can with acrylic.

My strongest recommendation is do not mix the materials. If you use a glass tank, fabricate glass baffles. If you are using an acrylic tank, use acrylic baffles. There are some retail products where you can purchase acrylic baffles to install yourself in glass tanks. I imagine they are cut 1/4" short and you have to gap fill with silicone or something. Otherwise the acrylic baffles can blow out the glass walls if they are fitting tightly. Glass and acrylic expand and contract and different rates, so that detail is important.
Thank you. Was thinking of going the acrylic route, I have a dremel tool with a router attachment will that work?
 

clsanchez77

Reefkeeping Extremist
Global Moderator
Joined
Aug 3, 2015
Messages
8,870
Location
Metairie
Thank you. Was thinking of going the acrylic route, I have a dremel tool with a router attachment will that work?

Can you mount it to a table with an edge guide? You will need it to remove the saw marks so the glued edge is flawless. Also, helpful to have a bearing guided laminating bit to clean edges after joining, but that is more optional.
 

CenlaReefer

Table Acropora
LARC Supporter
Joined
Aug 13, 2013
Messages
2,662
Location
Pineville, LA

Grabloids

CrossHatch Trigger
Joined
Aug 13, 2010
Messages
1,356
Location
Pineville
That is a fantastic sump build! It sure looked very durable. I wonder what the cost comparison is going that route instead of the other materials.
I have seen posts in another forum that people are finding the 4x8 sheets of pvc commonly 1/2" thick for around $55 at home depot. I looked up our Alexandria store and they don't carry it
 

clsanchez77

Reefkeeping Extremist
Global Moderator
Joined
Aug 3, 2015
Messages
8,870
Location
Metairie
Yea, PVC works too and is probably more forgiving than acrylic, but I have not seen where you get PVC. Local Home Depot in Kenner/Elmwood does not stock it either.
 
Top