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Old 08-28-2018, 10:07 PM   #21
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This has turned out amazing so far. Thanks for documenting the progress.

Can you give me more info regarding the black vinyl? Is it basically stick on and where did you purchase, print/sign shop?

Can it be removed with ease?
Thanks, the vinyl I got off Aliexpress and it comes in a roll. Clean the glass well with Isopropyl alcohol and then spray the glass with water. Cut the vinyl to the correct size with a little extra overhang. Peel the backing off the vinyl to expose its sticky side and spray it with water too. Lay it on the glass where you want it (the water lets it move around fairly easily) and then use a credit card or similar item to squeeze out all the water and bubbles till its flat. Once the water dries it will be stuck on and you can use a new razor blade to trim along the edge of the glass to get the perfect fit.

It peels off with effort, not very hard to get off but you will be surprised how much grip it has. I called a few sign shops and there vinyl was priced way too high for me. I think I paid $9 USD for 50cm x 152cm on Aliexpess if you can wait a month for shipping.
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very nice looking , love how this has come togeather
Thanks tom g, I am thrilled so far. Lots of fun and I thought I would document it on here even though not too many journals these days.
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keep documenting , theres still some hard core people on here who are lurking

were not all looking for kijjii deals
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hippo tang , yellow tang, 1 damsel ,flame hawk (favorite ),watchman goby ,harlequin star fish (hides boring ) bi -color blenny,cleaner wrasse , bengai cardinal,twin spot goby, mandarin .
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elusive marine betta(MIA - shows him self periodically -boring )

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Awesome build so far! Just picked up a 50 gal/30 gallon sump setup that we're planning to plant out. Got it cleaned, stand painted & plumbed over the last week. Leak testing still to come...🤞🏻


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Awesome build so far! Just picked up a 50 gal/30 gallon sump setup that we're planning to plant out. Got it cleaned, stand painted & plumbed over the last week. Leak testing still to come...🤞🏻


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Sounds like a better schedule than I ended up having. This is my first sump and plumbing, had a couple drips on all 6 of my threaded pvc joints but I didn't use a sealant. Lucky my plumbing all comes apart easy.
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Sounds like a better schedule than I ended up having. This is my first sump and plumbing, had a couple drips on all 6 of my threaded pvc joints but I didn't use a sealant. Lucky my plumbing all comes apart easy.

I didn't have to build my stand. Seriously though it turned out beautiful.

Got ours from a reef hobbyist on here for a good price--my first sump. Have been noodling about how to prevent some of the nano fish and shrimp that we will be stocking from taking a wild water slide ride down to the sump. Thinking of siliconing in some knitting mesh on the inside of the overflow weir.


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Modular Marine Overflow
Great experience purchasing from them. This is a custom size with custom hole placements since my tank was already drilled. Very quick to reply to all my questions and packaged very well for shipping.




Internal overflow comes off to clean.



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Old 08-31-2018, 10:47 PM   #28
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Sump modifications, for anyone interested SCS1200 silicone will bond acrylic to glass quite well.
Made a hole to hold the heater in a perfect spot, room for 2 heaters if I want as well.


Drip plates, don't mind the yellow water.


Squeezed that 20lb co2 tank and reg in there..glad my planning is paying off when I designed the stand.


Some filter media in there, still need more but mise we'll start the cycle even though the main display is empty getting hardscaped. Love that I can recirculate the filter while I do trimmings and tank cleaning.
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I loved that you used green pot scrubbers to match everything, great detail!
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