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Hello Everyone, I'm a new Nano-Reef member, but a long time lurker and user of information on this forum. I have a question about a DIY acrylic sump that I built that is falling apart. It’s my very first time doing something like this and I built it because my cabinet is long and narrow, and nothing off the shelf would fit it, but also because I wanted to experience building one. Well, I did it but not very well. One corner seam leaks no matter what I do to it and now the back panel bottom seam has completely detached. I feel like it’s a goner at this point but I want to try to fix it since I can’t recycle it — I really don’t want to be wasteful. If I can’t fix it, then are there some ways to give the acrylic used on this project new life? Any help or guidance would be so appreciated. Thank you so much. Materials used: 1/4” Cast Cell Acrylic purchased on Amazon cut by my local acrylic shop. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YV61USA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_A688B15XA9PJSB6XZWVR?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9FKGZL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_C6W04DSKNV1KG1N2W8RN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9NQP8G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_6RHR69NJXQY2GHD7X7Z7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 **Not sure if they finished the edges as I thought it was standard.** Weld-on 3 acrylic cement with a Needle tip applicator. Process: I loosely followed a video from Joey, “The King of DIY” on YouTube and I used the “pin method” with two T-pins as I saturated the pieces I wanted to join together. Then I waited one minute and pulled the pins. Admittedly, I cemented the front, back, and side panels (in that order) to the bottom panel first instead of cementing them to each other. I also didn't get better at pulling pins until after completing the third panel. I used Amazon boxes to keep the panels at a stable 90 angle and in place while I waited for everything to set. And that's about it for how I did it.
Hi all:) As the above sugests, my acrylic sump is leaking. Firstly, the leaks have been gradually increasing in intesnsity over the last few months. At the moment, its at half a pint a day on average. This is containable for now with moping it up. However, its the aquarium stand/cupboard wich is taking a beating which worries me. In the mean time, a new sump which should work fine has been ordered but is stuck in transit at the moment becasue of the covid crisis. The sump should be hear in the early part of next week! At present, its an emergency and i need to remove and replace the sump immediately to stop water leakage and most of all to stop the cabinet being recked beyond belief. So my question is this, what can i do in the mean time, to replace the sump or remove it from the system? This is beyond my knowledge and experiance so i would be most grateful if someone else has been here and can help. The space under the tank is 21"x18" where the sump lies. There is a copperband and percular clown in the tank above which is 24"x18"x18". Any advice or a temporay soluition would be most grateful.