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TonyMc

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Here's progress so far on my new 20L and sump. All I need to do now is fill it with water and see how it holds up.
 

TonyMc

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The overflow is made from 6" ABS pipe that I split down the middle and drilled holes in the top. It will look alot better once I paint the back.
I'm going to use a black stand with my black 150 HQI pendant(with a new 20K bulb) and black sand. I think the corals colors will really pop against the black sand.
 

bradreef

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I have a 20l sump and it doesn't look as pretty as that sump. My is full of random things and cords hanging out every where.
 

szidls

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Hey Great DIY job Tony.:cool: My only improvement might have been drilling the BH higher in the tank and cut the overflow short. It might have saved some Reef-Estate. Every little bit helps. I know my 20 long is always cramped.
Still, very cool. Keep up the good work.
Scott
 

TonyMc

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Thanks for the kind words guys.

Elmo18. Hows that cap growing? I may have to put a frag of that in the new tank. ;) see you in the chat room.

bradreef. Wait until I get water in the thing and it will be super cluttered. You know cheato, return pump, skimmer, heater......... :badgrin:

szidls. If I wouldn't have gotten in a hurry and thought it out a little more I probably would have went with a small corner skimmer and drilled the top corner. I saw a couple of really nice ones at Kevins shop, but it was to late.

I'll get more pics as it progresses.
 
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TonyMc

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I just painted the back. Now I just got to clean it up a bit and do some leak testing in a couple days after the silicon dries. I hope the glass doesn't crack when I put water in it. :shock:
 

Elmo18

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What paint did you use?

I painted the back of a 10 gallon tank with a RustOleum Enamel Gloss black, but it easily peels.

- Elmo
 

TonyMc

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I just used some cheap stuff I bought at the grocery store LOL. I hope this peels easy because if you look in the pic those finger prints aren't on the front glass there between the back glass and the paint and it's silicon. I wiped the back down with alcohol before I painted it, but I didn't see the silicon finger prints until it was to late. Knowing my luck that cheap paint will be the strongest stuff made :D Oh well time to get out the razor blade and start scraping. I left the area where the overflow is unpainted though so I could see what's on inside the thing so this should make it easier.
 

TonyMc

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Ok. Here it is with the loc-line returns I picked up from Kevinpo at Aquatic Dreams today.







I was going to use black sand, but I got a piece of starboard from work for free so I think I'll go BB.

Now all I have to do is pick up my stand next week and get it all setup.
 
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TonyMc

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Here it is plumbed and ready.



and with starboard.



and the sump. Notice I had to remove the frames on the tank/sump. I hope she holds :eek:

 

TonyMc

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Thanks Kevin and thanks for getting the stand so quickly for me it really looks great.

I put the water in(75% old 25% new)today along with the rock. I'll post some pics of the aquascape in a bit.
 

Maxx

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If you have alot of micro bubbles, you might look closely at your Loc-Line. I have micro bubbles on a semi regular bassis and its because my Loc-Line returns are mostly above water. They are not comepletely air tight.

Looks good.

Nick
 

TonyMc

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thanks for the advice Maxx. I do have some microbubbles. I'll have submerge the loc-line more and see if it goes away.
 
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