Jury rigged trash reef; building on the cheap

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If you ever realize your wrenches are a quarter inch short of spanning the nut for a bulkhead, squeezy clamps can come in handy for getting some leverage to tighten the fitting.
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And if you decide to forget that your sump just barely fits under the tank as is and the whole reason you left the bulkhead off last week was to install it after the sump is under the stand... Then you'll have to loosen the whole thing up and tighten it all over again!
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I've been slacking a bit on the tank lately due to some other things I've been working on. However, as of tonight I finally have it set up and running! I've had the tank half full of water with a powerhead and some frozen fish scraps going for a few weeks to cycle the rock. I also picked up a panel of suntuf polycarbonate roofing from Home Depot for $20 and cut some sections to fit the top of the tank. Nice and sturdy lid, and it shouldn't warp from the moisture like a flat sheet of plexiglass would. Also it's super easy to cut with tin snips and doesn't shatter or crack easily.
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I finished up the plumbing this morning when my 1" silicone hose section came in the mail. The ratcheting plastic hose clamps I ordered ended up being a bit too small when the hose is on a barbed fitting, so I just have it press fit between the pump and hard plumbing for now. I've been filling the tank throughout the day and checking for leaks. Still gotta get the overflow to run smoothly since it doesn't want to restart the main siphon if I shut the pump off, but I'll mess with it in the next few days.
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