Welcome to Reef Forum R2R
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 29
  1. #1
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    DIY Rubbermaid Sump

    So I was wondering if I were to put a rubbermaid tote next to my tank and use it as a sump, running a pump to and from the tote what kind of a difference in output would I need between the two pumps?

  2. #2
    give a pound rarelyseriousb is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Detroit (Livonia actually)
    Posts
    684
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do not pump into it and out of it. You can drain into it then pump back to to it.
    1/2 of all people are below average.


    -spike

  3. #3
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That would require drilling the tank though, which I cannot do

  4. #4
    Registered Member
    Pkunk35 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Reef Keeper 18 View Post
    That would require drilling the tank though, which I cannot do
    ok, i was wondering why you were asking about the 2 pumps in the other thread...

    you just need a external overflow box. PM me if you want a link to a good quality one.

  5. #5
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    External overflow box?

  6. #6
    Registered Member
    Pkunk35 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    like this:

    DIY Rubbermaid Sump-cpr-cs50-overflow-box-1.jpg

    Research "adding a overflow to reef tank" on google and you will find plenty of examples.

  7. #7
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oh lol I will look into that. But what kind of pump is needed(output wise) relative to the overflow box

  8. #8
    Registered Member
    Pkunk35 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The overflow box will be rated to a certain GPH...your pump cannot exceed this number. If the pump is smaller than that number you are ok. You can use a gate or ball valve in the return piping to control the rate of flow from the pump.

  9. #9
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Alright sounds good. How much do they run? And is it fairly easy to make a DIY one?

  10. #10
    Registered Member bpeck is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    YouTube it you can make your own PVC overflow for less than$20. Boxes like above run $100ish.

  11. #11
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What do you guys think of this design? Will it work?


    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=65yVr7DiDls

  12. #12
    Registered Member bpeck is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Lol yep that's the same vid I watched when I built mine on my frag tank. On my vent pipe I don't run a cap but if you do drill a hole in it.

  13. #13
    Registered Member Chelle's Ocean is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    youtube definitely - UARAJOEY HOW TO: DIY Aquarium Overflow - YouTube is the exact video I was going to suggest, lol
    He has alot of videos/tips
    Last edited by Chelle's Ocean; 10-16-2012 at 10:35 PM. Reason: didn't see original link in above post

  14. #14
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Awesome hopefully i can get supplies this weekend and then post pics of my results

  15. #15
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So guys here's an update, I was planning on making two seperate containers for the sump to hold a reactor and have another act as a fuge so that I can use the smaller rubbermade totes I already own which are sitting in my basement. Ill have a DIY overflow going into the sump tote first which I will somehow figure out how to fit one of those "wall like" areas inside to hold filter pads, which will flow directly into the skimming/reactor chamber, the water will then be piped by a low GPH pump into another tote with lights above it and holes in the top of the tote which will house a mangroves, macro algae, live peppermint shrimp which will act as food also for my angler, I will also probably Add things like cheap feather dusters hermit crabs maybe to the fuge along with a live Sandbed, the water will from there be pumped back into the overflow of my display!! whatcu guys think???

  16. #16
    Registered Member
    Pkunk35 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like the idea but one problem I see is the low gph pump between tote 1 and tote 2...this is a problem because it is actively pumping water out of the tub which is huge potential for disaster if a pump should fail.

    Is there any way to place one tote higher than the other and use a DIY overflow to transfer water from tote 1 to tote 2? That way a pump failure results in no spill if done correctly and water levels are measured out ahead of time.

    Or perhaps easier is to use single container and use baffles to wall off equipment from fuge as many do.

  17. #17
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Actually it would be extremely easy to do a mini version of that overflow design I'm using on the back of my tank and set one slightly higher than the other, or I could simply make a hole in one container and use PVC so that the water can flow right into the fuge, sealing it obviously

  18. #18
    Registered Member
    Aqua Craft is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    121
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It is essential to cure any new Rubbermaid container prior to using with any salt water aquarium usage.

    E.g. If there is the slightest odor from new Rubbermaid (or similar containers), fill it with water. Then add and mix 1 pound of rock salt and 1/4 cup of clorox for each 5 gallons.

    Allow to sit (preferably outside) for 5-7 days. Wash out and rinse completely. (Do not discard the salt & clorox solution on your lawn).

    If there is still an odor from the material used to make the container, cure again.

    Once there is no odor, allow the container to "open air cure" for another week or so.

    When new containers are manufactured, they are produced by molding with material that can leech toxins into aquarium water. At the time of manufacture to the time of sale, these containers are nested or put one inside the next. Nesting newly molded containers will not allow any residual toxins to escape. Thus the curing process is essential.

    We do this with all new Rubbermaid containers. Not curing as described will turn new salt water into a toxic solution.

  19. #19
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thankyou for the information on curing rubbermade totes. I will start this process tonight

  20. #20
    Registered Member Reef Keeper 18 is on a distinguished road
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Outside Buffalo NY
    Posts
    622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well all was going well untill the rubbermade cracked... Lol drilling a plastic tote and shoving some PVC through the hole then sealing it is easier said than done...

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Where to buy rubbermaid tub?
    By pelagic in forum Middle Tennessee Reef Club
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-16-2011, 04:54 PM
  2. Rubbermaid stock tank
    By RadReef in forum Reef Aquarium Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-14-2011, 09:10 PM
  3. WTB: 20 GAL Rubbermaid Brute Tote
    By FlipFlops24/7 in forum Wisconsin Fox Valley Reef Club
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-30-2009, 05:45 PM
  4. 100g rubbermaid stock tank for a sump
    By TriMax in forum Equipment, Lighting, Hardware, Aquarium Filtration
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-05-2009, 01:47 PM
  5. rubbermaid frag tanks
    By TomNeely in forum Propagation, Packing, and Shipping Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-14-2009, 10:08 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts