Urgent help needed Sump base cracked.

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  1. nico.m.ferreira

    nico.m.ferreira

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    Hi all, so tonight the secont worst thing happened(other than tank exploding) my sumb base cracked, I was strugeling most of my day trying to fix the leak until I realised I am fighting a losing batle.
    I emptyd the sump ans saw it cracked from the one corner to the bottom oposite corner.

    I was thinking of puting a piece of glass at the bottom but think my best option now is to build a filter room out side with bricks.

    I have the bricks and some what time.
    Want to build it out of bricks, like a bath but water can flow trough holes over the mineral mud and dsb from the compartment with mecanical filtration to the return chamber.

    Now how do I go about sealing it and making it marine safe?

    Another option is to build the floor, place the sump and build around it, but I stil need to seal the crack.

    Please can anybody advise me on the best and quickest options.

    O yes almost forgot, the sump is 1.8m long 70cm wide not sure of the hight.

    I would have posted under DIY but marines need a sump.
     
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  3. amalick

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    Jeez, I'm so sorry to hear about your nightmare:(, its one of my worst fears. Don't know your system, but if was me I would run out in the morning and get me 1 or 2 of those 100l plastic tubs from a big retailer like Makro or Game. I would then drill a big hole to connect the two tubs and put my return pump, dsb and whatever else you had in you sump into these containers until you fix the glass sump.

    All in all this will probably cost you +/- R300 and be up and running in no time. Working with Bricks and Cements and sealant seems like a real pain and will probably cost you more in the long run.

    Hope I'm making sense.
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    I hear what you are saying. It just I don't know what caused it because it has adequate support and didn't do anything with it today.
    Want to build something that won't crack or break again.
    If I have to wash that sand again I am going to cry
     
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    Hi bra sorry to here ,like amalick says use the drums,but you got to check your thickness of glass and rather use drums and build your sump in 12mm and brace it,if you were in cpt i could of help with drums
     
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    Hi Nico sorry to hear about your sump most often these sort of cracks are cause by a high or low point on the base or floor and was not packed correctly.

    Is the crack in a specific chamber or across a few chambers if its just in one chamber then call on Exotic's I know they have a silicone sealant that you can use under water without affecting the livestock. Else like Amalick said the drums will work quite well for a quick fix possibly even permenant solution.
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    No it runs all the way through the sump.
    So if I get the right drums it can become permanent.
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    How would you guys suggest I link the drums?
    I have a 16500l return pump
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    Any good ideas of linking the drums? There must be some one with experience in doing it.
    And for interest sake if you want to build a brix sump how does it work so seal it and so forth.
     
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    i had two drums linked to my old 4ft
    i had a swirl seperator in the one and the second was empty..

    they basically worked by my overflow feeding them and they produced massive amounts of food for my goldies.. flow through them was only about 2000lph which by todays standards is a bit low..

    no dsb or anything other than the swirl seperator in the first drum.. the chiller i had was also hooked up to it to provide cooling and some circulation inbetween the 2 drums so that the water did not stagnate..

    i would do it again exactly the same way in a second simply because of the foodsorce.. and the benefit it gave my system for plancton/difficult water columb feeders..
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    I am not familiar with the swirl separator, what does it do and how does it work?
    Almost forgot. I have one of those squire 1000l drums. How do one convert it to a sump?
    I am sure I saw one but can't remember
     
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    quickest solution

    go out to Farm City, Pretoria east, or phone them first.

    get a plastic cattle drinking through
    Drinking Throughs

    just silicone some dividers into place and you could build yourself a quick plastic sump.
     
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    nico.m.ferreira Thread Starter

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    Thanx riaanp.
    I am going to look at the through tomorrow.
    Does any one have ideas on what I can use to separate the compartments in the plastic drinking through and how to secure them?
     
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