Tupperware Sump

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  1. Anubus

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    Hi Guys! i am thinking of buying a 160L plastic Tupperware holder and modifying into a sump.or 3 separate Tupperware holders and modifying it into a full on sump.any ideas??
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Awesome Idea, its how I run my system...

    Its a mission to mod a plastic sump into compartments, so rather just go for three. Ensure that the plastic you buy is food safety approved and pretty strong..... The cheap storage tubs for kiddies toys don't stand the test of time..... and a split sump is not a nice sight to arrive home to!!!

    You mention tupper ware, if one gets 160L containers in that brand, should be fine.
     
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    Anubus Thread Starter

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    hi irie il post some more picture son but this is what i have for now a idea..

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    And this is the 160L tupperware

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    Seems fine. I would however recommend you connect the sumps with abdisconnectable fitting to facilitate removing a sump for whatever purpose. Imho, this type of serup is much more practical than a heavy fragile glass box.
     
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    I'm using one of those 160L containers as my RO top up. Problem is that they cannot handle the pressure if completely filled and the bulge out. i do not fill the RO more than 50% unless I go away for extended period. Your straight connections will not handle that. Even your smaller tubs you used would do that.

    suggest that you turn the middle tub 180 degrees. And use a Z type connection. Bulkhead then 90 degree elbow, short straight, another 90 then bulkhead into next container. Anyway that should be the default method when connecting glass tanks as well. Due to weight differences, any straight connection on glass tanks will be different when empty and when full of water, sand, rocks or whatever. But with the connection as described, the holes do not need to align at all.
     
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    hi riaanp do you maybe have a sketch for me on this method of yours?thanx
     
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    sorry, no picture or sketch

    The holes should not align, one must be at the front, the other at the back. No need either that the holes be at exact the same height either. One hole can be at the top, the other at the bottom.

    Each hole gets its bulkhead. Fit a 90 degree on each bulkhead facing the other fitting. Use short PVC pipe in between to connect. Can even add a union on that short connection for easier maintenance in future.

    For example, out the top of one container, into the bottom opposite corner of next container
     
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    This method works like a charm.... I use a 50l black container like in the picture with my kalk solution for my dosing pumps
     
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    Thanks you have given me an idea on a remote sump add on for me main tank.
     
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    Top idea. Always seems nice to se what happening in your sump though. Detritus build up etc.

    Looks good for added strenghth i'd put a wooden frame under the lip and fasten with s/s screws from the top to reduce bulging.
     
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    Thinking of trying this in my new set up. Wonder if you cut the top/centre part of the lid out, leaving the edges as a frame and placing it back on the box if that would stop the bulging.
     
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    The middle section would still bulge out, even with lid in place. I use one of those 160L tubs as my RO drum. when filled to the top, the lid is in place but the drum do bulge out. As my drum do not stay full forever, the effect do not last and is of no concern for me.
    Need to give it a frame that it sits in, to support and holds the sides.
     
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    this is where the saying comes from,
    "If's theres a will, theres a way"
    and it wont crack if you accidentally thump it:thumbup:
     
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