silverado61. Rebuilding my 72g bow front and stand.

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  1. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Depends what you want to qt. It's not a huge diff between them. If you need to treat, smaller volume may help
  2. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    I believe you're right. On the Hunt for a 30g qt then. I don't want to go any smaller than that though. I want to be able to keep it as stable as possible.
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  3. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    The sump build has begun. All the glass pieces are cut and clean. A single 11 inch high baffle will separate the overflow/skimmer chamber from the center filtration chamber and the triple baffles will sit a total of 9-1/2 off the bottom of the sump. I'm going ahead with the under/over/under system for easier cleaning.

    Some photos of what I've done so far:

    sump build 6.jpg
    First two baffles set and ready for caulking.

    sump build 7.jpg
    The sides are caulked. I'm going to let them set for a couple of hours then get in there and caulk along the bottoms. I'm debating about whether or not to install the last two baffles tomorrow or let it cure for a week and leak test the baffles that are in now just to be safe.

    sump build 8.jpg
    A closer view of my caulking talents or lack thereof.
  4. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    Well I got in there and caulked the bottoms of the first two baffles and removed the tape. I'll get in there tomorrow and clean off the tops and cap them off with finger applied caulk. The two side chambers are 10 inches wide leaving the center chamber at 16 inches.

    The chamber for the skimmer is at an 11 inch depth to allow room to adjust the height of the skimmer. I know I should only need nine or ten inches but I'd rather be safe than sorry. There's lots of head room in the base of the stand to allow plenty of height adjustment.

    The center chamber is at 16 inches to allow enough room for my DIY up flow Algae scrubber. Any thoughts on what else I should put in there? I was thinking either live rock or miracle mud. I should have enough room to put about 2-3 inches of mud. I need to do more research on miracle mud to see what the pros and cons are. I might end up just doing live sand and/or rock. Decisions, decisions.

    The last chamber is for, you guessed it, the return pump. If I designed this right, there should be enough room for the sump to except 2 maybe 3 gallons of water from the display in case the power goes out or if I need to shut it down to work on it. I have an inti-syphon hole drilled into the return jet but I might need the room in the sump till the display water level drops enough for the anti-syphon to kick in. I might redesign the return jet with a better system.

    sump build 9.jpg
    Here's photo of what I've done so far. I've already done the touch ups on the bottom of the left baffle so disregard the screw ups. lmao

    There's plenty more to come ladies and gentlemen so keep an eye out.
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  5. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    I finished the sump build. My skimmer, DIY Algae scrubber and return pump all fit perfect. Or about as perfect as it's going to get anyway. Now I just need to install it in the base of the stand and update the plumbing including lubing or replacing all the plumbing seals. Then run a leak test on the whole system (fingers crossed on that one).

    sump build 10.jpg
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    Setup and ready for caulk.

    sump build 12.jpg
    Caulking is all finished.

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    The caulk is set enough so I pulled out the framing. Now I'll just let it cure till this weekend so I can clean it up and do a leak test on the baffles.

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  6. beth

    beth Administrator Staff Member

    Need a long shot of all this equipment! How much time put in to this? I'm guess all your weekend time.
  7. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    QT tank.jpg
    I picked up what I think is a 28 gallon tank with a bunch of freshwater trinkets for $15. I'll measure it so that I know for sure but I'm going to use this one for my QT. The freshwater stuff I'll either just toss or resell it and get the tank for free.
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  8. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    sump build 15.jpg
    Here you go Beth.
    From left to right:
    First chamber. The Eflux DC flow pump is from Current USA Marine and rated for 1050gph. That should be enough turnover rate. It also has an adjustable flow rate and will be tied in with my power heads for feeding time.
    Second chamber. These are the LED's for my DIY up flow Algae scrubber which are adjustable. I'm using four red and two blue actinics. The inside mess and air stone to grow and collect Algae are still a work in progress. I'm going to cut about 2 inches off the bottom of the gray tub to the right and use the bottom to finish it off.
    DIY scrubber 5.jpg Here's what it looks like at full intensity.

    Third chamber. My Eshopps PSK100 protein skimmer.
  9. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Nice buddy
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  10. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jay.
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  11. silverado61

    silverado61 Well-Known Member

    Here's a pic of my 30g I picked up for my QT.
    QT tank.jpg
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