I cant believe it

Discussion in 'The Sump' started by dallasg, 21 Dec 2010.

  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I have been sourcing materials to build reactors, skimmers etc and cant believe how we fall short on raw materials here.
    i mean perspex/acrylic tube and sheet is more expensive than gold. i have found a good supplier of plastic parts, screws, bolts etc, pumps i get from china, and yet i cant source cheap acrylic or perspex.... i might have to fly my own in...

    i can see why equipment is so expensive, i mean to make a local range its un-affordable, but my quest to better this hobby will go on....

    anyone have contacts for perspex or acrylic?

    on a side note, do all reactors have to be clear? what about white with a viewable window?? same for skimmers
     
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  3. viper357

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    Do all reactors have to be round? and made of perspex/acrylic?

    What's wrong with square glass reactors, apart from the obvious weight, but if you're making for yourself then why not?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    true,

    would u consider an all in one sump that is configurable?
     
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    What do you mean with an all in one sump? Let me know what you need in respect to the perspex?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have an idea i want to proto and need perspex sheets, can u get?
     
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    Do you mean one with adjustable compartments?
     
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    If you tell me size color and thickness I will try my sources and see what the best price i can get
     
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    think he means like the Aqua Medic ones that have everything in 1...so you buy the sump with reactors, skimmer ect.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    something like that, but upgradable etc

    dikdaan, between 5mm and 10mm clear per sqm
     
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    Ok will find out and let you know. Give me a day or 2...
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks
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    Better when round - because when square you get more flow upwards in the corners, Easier for water to flush the corners clean and clump whatever together in the middle.

    But, why must the pump be fixed to one side sticking out so far and thereby increase the footprint. I see some new skimmers have the pump inside. BRILLIANT IDEA. But I just hope that it is not purposely made for a specific pump. Hopefully you can swap and use other cheaper / economical pump when the need arises.

    Problem with a window into a solid tube, maybe on my setup the reactor must face the other way, then the window faces the backside of the tank and I cannot see. Like on a kalkwasser stirrer. So keep that in mind.

    Another problem with see through reactors are that they should not have light falling on them. Else you end up with algae inside your skimmer (been there - done that).
     
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    Depends on the media, you will have clumping into the corners.

    Bottom line, the flow will be unequal, as measured in the corners compared to the middle.

    Why is everything else round. Swimming pool filters to Power station cooling towers.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    dont get me started on lighting as well...
    bugger me we are starved for choice.... that or these companies hide well
     
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