Removing a sump divider

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  1. Charl_Stanhope

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    I recently purchased a DC3000 skimmer pump but with it connected, my chamber is too small and I cant fit my skimmer back into the sump.

    Can I just cut the silicon and remove the divider without draining it? Or is it a good idea to drain the sump? I cant take the sump out the cupboard as I need to drain my tank to do so and I dont want to do that.

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    I would at least drain the sump.
     
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    I think it also depends on how much space there is between the divider and the front back and bottom glass of your sump. if the space is least 2mm or so you could probably get away without having to drain the sump as you'll be able to fit the blade easily between the glass and cut through the silicone.. if not it's better to empty the sump.. working with a blade under the water is uncomfortable to say the least..
     
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    Try using gutline with the water in first. You might break a lot of fishing line but I'm sure that's cheap enough avoiding the hassle of removing water.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys. Ill way up a few options but I think I might try it without draining sump. If not, Ill drain the sump and then remove the divider
     
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    i normally use gut it works after a few line breaks when left with the bottom cutting just wiggle the glass and the silicon will tear of and then you will be sitting with a silicon mark left
     
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    so I removed the divider quite easily without draining the sump and I must say, I shouldve done this sooner. I stole one of my wifes pairing knives and ran it along the silicon a few times 2 or 3 times and removed the divider. New skimmer pump installed and I must say,I am impressed with the Red devil DC skimmer pump. Silent and easily adjustable.
     
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    What skimmer are you running the pump with
     
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    Aquaria skimmer - [​IMG]

    required a fitting or 2 but nothing major. loving the DC300 skimmer pump. The pump I had on there was a sicce skimmer pump and that was an excellent pump.
     
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    Well done charl, hope you are getting more sleep nowadays :)
     
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