is plexiglass/lexan good for a sump?

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is plexiglass/lexan good for a sump?

Post by DannieH42 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:13 pm

I am thinking about building a sump for under my 125g. I am trying to go the economical route and was going to use rubbermaid containers, but I cannot find one the right size. The sump has to be less than 14.25" wide. I have read a lot of posts about using acrylic and how expensive it is. I know there are reasons you would want to use this for a tank, but are there any reasons not to use cheaper pexiglass or lexan for a sump?

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Post by Bkndsdl » Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:55 am

I have a Tidepool sump I'll sell for $25............I just replaced it w/a sump refugium. It works great; has several slots for filters, carbon, etc. Even has a big biowheel....Here's a pic:

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Lemme know if you're interested.
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Post by Bkndsdl » Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:56 am

To answer your question, Plexiglass will get brittle and crack over time. Acrylic or Lexan won't.
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Post by lwready » Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:15 am

Mike,

I gave myself a Tidepool for Christmas. (kicking myself now that I know the price of yours) Looking at your picture I'm trying to figure out how your skimmer is plumbed.

Currently I have my skimmer HOB and would like to place one in the sump instead.

Any suggestions.

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Post by Bkndsdl » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:09 am

Larry, my skimmer is just sitting in the sump; the pump is submersible.

What brand skimmer do you have? I had a BakPak look-alike on my 30g, and I had planned on setting it in the sump and getting a longer piece of hose to drop the pump to the bottom of the sump. It'll work, but it's a pain because it takes up so much room.

If you could raise the tidepool up, you might have enough room to hang your skimmer on the side of it.
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yes I am interested

Post by DannieH42 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:06 pm

call me @ 604-6573 and we will discuss the details.

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Post by Scott » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:26 am

I think the cheaper plexi is extruded which will not work. You have to use cast acrylic.
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