200g reboot

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by treylane, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    That definitely is a sexy sump! What are the overall dimensions?

    I love it how CnC machines or 3d printers get cheaper then we as hobbyists get more options about where to go to get something that we want, no longer are the days of high end and low end options because no one else wants to get into the market commercially, just some dude who has some skill and a machine that can cut precisely enough to make a professional product.
  2. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Dims are 36" l x 19 3/4" w x 21" h for the sump, and 12" l x 19 3/4" w x 21" h for the ato (19 3/4" is the widest I can get between the supports in the stand)

    So now I need to figure out the return pump -
    Replace the eheim 1262 that I've had running this tank (and its predecessor) for the last 10yrs with some fancy DC controllable thing, or just get a new impeller while I've got the thing disconnected?

    I've never had issues with eheim pumps, but I'm running with I don't even know how many feet of head pressure so I'm sure it's possible to get better circulation through the sump. Though only a 3/4" return line so maybe not.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019
  3. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    If you want to try a Vectra M1 and play with it for a while, I have one.
    I may also have a spare impeller for a 1262
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    How did that Vectra work for you Mario?

    I got a decent DC return pump, but I think the company went out of business, Deepwater Aquatics, and not a fan of too many other brands out there.
  5. JVU


    I have a RO Varios return (and skimmer) and have been happy with them. Some of the LED lights went out on the controllers (but still operated fine) so CoralVue replaced the controller boxes without a problem.

    The pumps themselves have been rock-solid, no more maintenance or hassle than AC pumps, and extremely quiet. Like it’s hard to tell if they are on except for the water they are pushing.
  6. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    I wound up ordering a varios - I've worked with coralvue a lot (maxspect, reef octopus, ai, nyos, etc etc gear) and they've always been great.
  7. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Well, the nice thing is the controllable flow; it was to increase the flow on the closed-loop but you know the story already.
  8. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member


    Well, I've destroyed the house, but the new sump has water cycling through it!
  9. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Finally had a moment to snap a photo. Simple, but it works!

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  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Very spiffy sump Jess, I like it.

    What's with that union on the return pipe though? Half black half white? :D Not complaining, I just have never had luck in different unions working with each other, threads off ever so slightly or something.
  11. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Wow, good eye!

    I think you can guess what happened - There was a union at that spot in the original overflow plumbing. The plan was to cut the pipe above the union and install a new one, but a last minute run to ace hardware for 45* elbows uncovered what looked like a perfect match. Passed a test fit and everything, so saved myself some time. Really the important part of unions is making sure the placement and compression of the o-ring inside is solid, and we're all set with no leaks or seeps!
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  12. rygh

    rygh BOD

    My suggestion:
    Put a divider between left and right side above sump.
    Could be as simple as a plastic drop cloth stapled in there. No need for perfect air-tight.
    That will separate the skimmer salt water air on left from the electronics on right.
    Simple thing, and will make your hardware last WAY longer.
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  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    PVC foam board could work! :D

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