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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Here is a video with my pump set in its place. Without plumbing I can’t show the flow from both sides at the same time but you can get the idea I think.

     
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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Oh and special thanks to @cromag27 for making me the awesome sock holders and media cup! I only have one installed for leak testing but the final sump with have two.

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    count krunk Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    curious why you decided to set up your sump that way? i think i may do the same
     
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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    The reason behind this is to be able to run a high flow turnover through your sump while still being able to limit the flow for your fuge. A fuge needs time with the water to work it’s magic and you also don’t want your chaeto or whatever you have in your fuge to get sucked into the return pump area.
     
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    The baffles being down up down are also important in being able to run high flow turnover.
     
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    Plumbing is the next big item on the list. I installed the bulkheads, hose and adapters to get to my first main section of “hard” plumbing.

    I am going to use sch 80 pvc for the fittings but sch 40 for the pipe.

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    I used a hole drill bit to create the holes in the stand for the bulkheads. I also had to notch some of a 2x4 for the drain piece to fit.

    I also cut the holes in the wall for the pipes.

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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Further progress on the plumbing. I cut and dry fitted the plumbing from the DT into the wall. This includes the return pipe with Loc-line fittings and the Durso drain.

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    Yes I was short a few sch 80 fittings so I used some sch 40 just for the dry fitting.

    I also have my rough design created for the sump side of the wall plumbing.

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    JumboShrimp Well-Known Member

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    I LOVE low tanks. Looks like you’re having fun, too, which is the #1 thing! Best wishes. ;)
     
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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I’m having a blast! Thanks
     
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    What are the dimensions of that, I really like!
     
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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    DT is 48x24x12
     
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    I wanted a custom color for my plumbing. The sch 80 ball valves I purchased are gray and red. I went with the color marigold.

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    And now they are ready to assemble the final plumbing

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    JumboShrimp Well-Known Member

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    “Marigold!” Gotta love it! Go bold, or go home... :cool:
     
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    Lol
     
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    Unskilled Reefer Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    My rocks and sand came in today!

    80 lbs of CaribSea Hawaiian black sand

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    40 lbs of CaribSea dry base rock

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    40 lbs of CaribSea shelf rock

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    Oh and I almost forgot the 40 lbs of CaribSea Fiji pink sand for the sump fuge.
     
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    JumboShrimp Well-Known Member

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    I thought you were getting “marigold” colored sand?! :D (Only kidding— we are excited for you. Keep the pictures coming)
     
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    If CaribSea sold it I just might have done it, lol.
     
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    I think the color scheme came out great for the plumbing... I love it!

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    I didn’t want the purple pvc primer ruining my newly painted pipe so I went with the clear.

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    I did have trouble finding clear pvc primer at the big box hardware stores and had to order it online. The clear cement they had in stock.
     
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