Glass Cutter

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  1. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

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    I am thinking of building my own sump and need glass baffles. One of the SF stores quoted me $275 for six pieces of 1/4" glass. Hogwash. Anyone know a good and cheaper solution?
     
  2. RandyC

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    Depending on the size of your sump, you could buy a 40 gallon breeder from Petco when it goes on sale and cut the baffles yourself from that. (~$58) You'll need a glass scoring wheel (~$5-6). I've done this and I will warn you it's a little bit of work and elbow grease to pull apart a tank.
     
  3. RandyC

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    You could also buy scrap pieces of acrylic from Tap Plastics from their dollar bin, but it would probably take a few visits to various stores to find enough pieces of the correct size.
     
  4. Jeff Rehling

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    i have a 40-gallon in mind...i've read it's hard to bond acrylic to glass. I was considering acrylic. i don't like the thought of cutting my own
     
  5. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    Cheaper to just buy a used sump.
     
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  6. RandyC

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    Where's the DIY fun in that! ;)
     
  7. RandyC

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    Acrylic for baffles Is sufficient....I would never make a tank with acrylic and silicon.

    If you don't want to cut your own, I'd just buy a used sump like @Bruce Spiegelman said. Or you could buy one of the 40breeder baffle kits from eBay or Amazon or someone like Modular Marine.
     
  8. xcaret

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    I picked up yesterday two long pieces of acrylic or polycarbonate; they are about four feet by one; if you want to go that route, you can have them.
    E6000 is the material you want to bond plexi to glass but a thick bead of silicone will keek the baffles in place; sort of acting as a gasket.
     
  9. Coral reefer

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    Baffles are over rated! Just use a 40 breeder, put your drains and skimmer on one side, and your return pump on the other side. It will work. If you want a refugium I'd say it actually easier to just use a separate tank and have it drain into your sump. You can use your return pump or the drain from the display to feed it. You could even plop a 10 gal in a 40 breeder and no drilling required
     
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  10. Jeff Rehling

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    Sure, I'll take them. I live in SF and am working this summer in Cupertino for Amazon. Where are you located?
     
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    San Francisco. I’ll bring them home.
    You met me already behind the Burger King on Valencia/Mission
     
  12. Jeff Rehling

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    oh yeah, the controller is working great. Are the pieces 1/4"?
     
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    I think they are 1/4", will have them home later today...
     
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    As Mike points out, you can put a tank inside the 40B, I have a 10g tall, glass as well.
    I brought the plexi sheets home.
     
  15. Jeff Rehling

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    I can come by later today and fetch them. Will you be home? What would that mean to put a 10 gallon inside the 40? for the refuge? how would that drain?
     
  16. Coral reefer

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    If you pour water into it until it's full, then keep pouring water in, what will happen? It will overflow.
    If that 10 gal (refugium)is placed inside a 40 gal (sump)it will overflow into the 40 gal sump.
     
  17. Coral reefer

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    This
     
  18. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

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    interesting!
     
  19. Coral reefer

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    Admit it, you think I'm hella smart now don't you?
     
  20. Bruce Spiegelman

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    How many times did you run for reelection for the presidency?
     

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