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clsanchez77

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What about getting a thick piece of filter mesh that you can cut to size to fit in the holder and cut a glory hole in the middle of it for your pipe? Something like this:

Any splashing would be contained by the mesh, but the mesh would still allow air flow through the sock so your system won't pressurize and can still safely overflow if the sock clogs up.
 

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@clsanchez77, I guess this was what you were recommending. I should have cut the foam a bit larger.
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I know this is not typical, yet I had some PVC board leftover after we framed our front door before installing a new storm-door. I included before and after pictures. The vertical PVC board does not really get in the way during maintenance.

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I had a shorter piece of PVC board and switched it out last week. I shorten-it up further this morning. I guess this is thicker than needed, yet it is rather sturdy. I like sturdy over flimsy. Also, I often try to use what I have available. I figured why have a mount for the light and a separate shield for the light? Why not have something to serve both purposes?

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I am noticing a good bit of pods in the sump now. That is good news!
 

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I got an 18x18x18 inch Mr. Aqua cube tank with an Xaqua mini overflow box installed. Check out the end of this thread below to see how that was done:


I noticed my paint job still allowed for an ugly imperfection to be seen from the inside of the tank:
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I decided to try out a paper template and then make a plastic cover out of an old el cheapo food serving tray. It helps to keep junk like this in your garage. This was faster than taking the box off and painting a couple of touch-up coats.
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My next step will be to do some leak testing outside on a morning when I am off.
 
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I reversed the job I did in post #66. I scratched the paint at the back of the tank, so I took the box off, painted the back of the tank properly, and reattached the overflow box. Why not do things right since I had to bust-out the paint anyway?

I have the tank plumbed with the sump that also supplies the 34 gallon Deep Blue frag tank. I am using a small submersible return pump for each tank. I plan to put a bunch of molly fish in the cube and may not turn it off nearly as much when doing feedings.

I will have to switch things around before I can get some light over the cube tank. Speaking of light, all I have is a small lamp for this sun room. I could use some overhead lighting for at night.
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I just piled this well cured livestock in the middle. It was in my sump for about a year or so.
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At the request of my kids, we put up some sticker-by number artwork on the wall. These 2 were done by my 5 year-old son:

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Anyone in in LARC or know a friend in Louisiana that does plexiglass work? I would like to get a clear weir for the last baffle in my sump. It would need to fit onto a 1/4 inch glass baffle. I am also interested in some prefab options that may be available online.
 

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Anyone in in LARC or know a friend in Louisiana that does plexiglass work? I would like to get a clear weir for the last baffle in my sump. It would need to fit onto a 1/4 inch glass baffle. I am also interested in some prefab options that may be available online.

Coral connection does great work, know they are a bit far from you but still a great option.
 

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I am thinking about going with this light for my 25 gallon cube. The tank is 18x18x18 inches. I may do one short LED strip light as well. What do you all think?

 

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I took the time to actually read the specs for that light above. The recommend spread is 18x18 inches; max spread is 24x24 inches. That sounds perfect to me. For those who may have tried this light, what has been the track record of reliability? I like the idea of the heat-sink design without a fan. Not having a fan motor to go out means one less thing to fix or replace.
 

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I took the time to actually read the specs for that light above. The recommend spread is 18x18 inches; max spread is 24x24 inches. That sounds perfect to me. For those who may have tried this light, what has been the track record of reliability? I like the idea of the heat-sink design without a fan. Not having a fan motor to go out means one less thing to fix or replace.

I have considered that light for a refugium (H80 version). I think it is a great light for small formats, but I have not purchased it or tried it out yet. My new refugium is in the dining room still bubble wrapped - Glad I paid money for it LOL
 

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You should be happy you have it. If you didn't have it, it would be on back order like everything else. You can't buy spray paint now, back ordered.
Yea, pretty much everything right now. I am playing with a PLC for a few projects around the house, including RODI, storage tanks and aquarium. Everything I have ordered has been backordered. Really slowing and already slow project down more. Would have been a fun project to show off, but oh well.

Same with our office renovations, everything is constantly out of stock. Bought enough red oak for 2 of the 3 desk tables as that was all they had, took another 3 months to get enough red oak for the 3rd. Same with the shiplap. My wife wanted the wall behind the desk to be shiplap. I figured out how many pieces I need, and only 2/3 was in stock. Luckily, it was enough for me to start building the desks and doing the other trim work. Took another month for the rest.
 
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