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Old 12/03/2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Sumps at a fair price?

I was looking at the sumps in my local marine store, and they start at $300. This doesn't strike me as a fair price for an acrylic box. I know I can build one myself, but is there a company out there, perhaps on the web, that provides high quality sumps/overflows/pumps at a fair price?


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Old 12/03/2007, 03:02 PM   #2
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Your best bet is to build your own sump if you have the proper tools and the knowledge of cutting and cementing acrylic panels. Companies usually charge high prices due to the high cost of acrylic sheets and the labor to build them. I built myself a sump and the materials cost me only $70.00 to build one 36"x30"'18" high sump. It worked out well and I am happier with the one I built than what most manufactures offer.

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Old 12/03/2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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like he said very easy to make and ALOT cheaper then the pre fab ones, build it as big as you can


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Old 12/03/2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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It is even easier to buy a 20gal or so aquarium, and install your own baffles.


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Old 12/03/2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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I agree get a tank silicone in some baffles and save some serious $$$$$$$


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Old 12/03/2007, 07:17 PM   #6
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just to give you some idea. I made this one out of a 65gal acrylic tank.




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Old 12/03/2007, 07:21 PM   #7
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I built my sump out of 1/2" acrylic for more durability. I love it and could not be happier. I even plan on building a larger tank out of acrylic myself. I want to make a 400 gallon tank and it would cost me less than half of a manufactured one. It doesn't hurt to learn a trade if it can save you monry in the long run.

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Old 12/03/2007, 07:26 PM   #8
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Used sumps off CL, EB or use equipment forum. What size are you looking?


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Old 12/03/2007, 08:05 PM   #9
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so what tools would you need to fab acrylic??? a router for clean edges, or a jointer. [ i dont even know what a jointer is, but marc levenson uses one when he fabs acrylic. ] a skilsaw with a cArbide tipped blade to trim panels to size. and a square... oh, measuring tape... hmm. im sure im missing something important here. c'mon guys. maybe a plan?


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Old 12/03/2007, 09:27 PM   #10
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atvdave,

What is the eggcrate primarily for?

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Old 12/04/2007, 01:24 AM   #11
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Here's a really nice sump setup as a sample:

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Old 12/04/2007, 02:07 AM   #12
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I also built mine out of a 40 breeder tank.


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Old 12/04/2007, 04:30 AM   #13
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why don't you buy a sump kit.you have the pieces cut and then glue them together yourself.you also save on the shipping. www.aquaticacrylics.com


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Old 12/05/2007, 07:28 AM   #14
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