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    Good decision. I have made it my primary mission on these forums to share this story in order to prevent others from a similar heartbreak.

    I can't wait to see this beautiful sump in action soon! Nice work.

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    Mini update,
    The poret foam arrived over the weekend.

    The blue is 4" square 10 ppi. The baffle forces the water up through foam.
    The black is 1.5" 30 ppi. That baffle forces the water down through the sheet.

    Running a full blown wet test right now. So far so good!
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    Notice anything different about the sump?
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    It looks kind of empty, are you doing a redesign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clawhammer View Post
    It looks kind of empty, are you doing a redesign?
    One of the baffles broke! !/8" glass could not hold up to 40 gallons of water! I drained it part way down, and noticed it starting to bow under the uneven pressure. This morning it broke right down the middle!

    In a way, glad it did, I was a little leery of 1/8" glass. AND I replaced it with 1/4" with finished edges so I won't cut myself.

    It only took about an hour to cut it all out and clean up the silicon.

    Back to square one. It won't be bad, I'll glue them up tomorrow after work and let them sit for a couple days.
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    Sump is back up and running. Doing a 24 hour leak test on the whole system. Couple hours in and so far so good!
    Actually the glass breaking was a blessing in disguise. The 1/4 glass is so much nicer, I had the edges finished so when I put my hands in there no chance of getting cut.
    I had the poret foam this time so I used it for an exact placement of the baffles, so the sheets fit perfect. Just all around better. Very happy with it now!

    Now I just have to scape and throw in some fish! Might do that this weekend.

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    Sand arrived today. Plants are here, I'm ready to scape the tank, but the diftwood won't sink!!!! Any ideas how to get LARGE pieces of wood to sink! I boiled, they have been soaking for two weeks! Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neptune View Post
    Sand arrived today. Plants are here, I'm ready to scape the tank, but the diftwood won't sink!!!! Any ideas how to get LARGE pieces of wood to sink! I boiled, they have been soaking for two weeks! Any ideas?
    You can weigh them down til they finally get water logged enough if you don't want to keep them in a barrel. Attach a piece if slate or something like that
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    I've always attached to piece of slate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack L View Post
    I've always attached to piece of slate
    I don't think these traditional methods will work with these piece, but may have to look into that!

    Thanks everyone...some way some how I'll get this thing scaped ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neptune View Post
    I don't think these traditional methods will work with these piece, but may have to look into that!

    Thanks everyone...some way some how I'll get this thing scaped ASAP!
    You putting a log in your tank?? Lol. I imagine it's just a matter of finding enough weight.

    When I put my manzanita in I kinda wedged it into place and it held until it was able to sink
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan925 View Post
    You putting a log in your tank?? Lol. I imagine it's just a matter of finding enough weight.

    When I put my manzanita in I kinda wedged it into place and it held until it was able to sink
    Two large stumps!! In my mind it is going to look awesome!!! LOL.
    FYI...the log wouldn't fit! LOL..

    I got a steal on 3 pieces of aquarium wood last year off Craigslists....she said she paid over $100 for each piece!
    She wanted $10 for each piece I gave her $50 for all three! And she was happy as a clam just to get rid of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neptune View Post
    Two large stumps!! In my mind it is going to look awesome!!! LOL.
    FYI...the log wouldn't fit! LOL..

    I got a steal on 3 pieces of aquarium wood last year off Craigslists....she said she paid over $100 for each piece!
    She wanted $10 for each piece I gave her $50 for all three! And she was happy as a clam just to get rid of it!
    Nice love the stump look.

    I was just up at my parents properly for memorial. Driving around in the forest on their property there is manzanita everywhere. Planning on going back and cutting some monster pieces
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan925 View Post
    Nice love the stump look.

    I was just up at my parents properly for memorial. Driving around in the forest on their property there is manzanita everywhere. Planning on going back and cutting some monster pieces
    Sounds like a business opportunity....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clawhammer View Post
    Sounds like a business opportunity....
    Man for what manzanita goes for online just may be lol

    Would be cool if I had a spare minute every once in awhile lol.
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