Glass Cutter

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Jeff Rehling, Jul 10, 2018 at 9:14 AM.

  1. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    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

    RandyC Supporting Member

    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

    RandyC Supporting Member

    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

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    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. Cheaper to just buy a used sump.
     
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  6. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

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

    RandyC Supporting Member

    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

    xcaret Supporting Member

    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

    Coral reefer President

    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
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018 at 1:24 PM
  10. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    Sure, I'll take them. I live in SF and am working this summer in Cupertino for Amazon. Where are you located?
     
  11. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    San Francisco. I’ll bring them home.
    You met me already behind the Burger King on Valencia/Mission
     
  12. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    oh yeah, the controller is working great. Are the pieces 1/4"?
     
  13. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    I think they are 1/4", will have them home later today...
     
  14. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    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

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    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

    Coral reefer President

    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

    Coral reefer President

    This
     
  18. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    interesting!
     
  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Admit it, you think I'm hella smart now don't you?
     
  20. How many times did you run for reelection for the presidency?
     

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