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    greenstarfish03 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Star Board Baffles?

    I have a 100G rubbermaid sump that I need to add at least one baffle to it and I need a couple of ideas. I was thinking of using star board b/c its easy to cut, but I can't find it anywhere. They have it at home depot but its real thin and I would like a thicker piece. If anyone knows where I can buy this at or near Flint/Grand Blanc that would be great. Once I find it what is the nest way to seal it? Some type of pond foam? I'm sure I wont be able to cut it to the exact size.

    Then I need to get the water out and into something else long enough to do this

    Any pointers will help.

    Thanks

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    I've thought about this a bit as I'd like to have a rubbermaid sump eventually. Here are my thoughts...

    • Plywood that is sealed... not sure of the exact sealant but I know people make large tanks out of plywood. I think they use either a marine paint or epoxy?
    • Use a second smaller rubbermaid tote set inside the sump. Sump water would spill over all four edges and essentially function as baffles.
    • Glue several sheets of star board together to achieve the thickness you desire.


    As for sealing a baffle I'd go with 100% silicone.

    HTH,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom@HaslettMI View Post
    I've thought about this a bit as I'd like to have a rubbermaid sump eventually. Here are my thoughts...

    • Plywood that is sealed... not sure of the exact sealant but I know people make large tanks out of plywood. I think they use either a marine paint or epoxy?
    • Use a second smaller rubbermaid tote set inside the sump. Sump water would spill over all four edges and essentially function as baffles.
    • Glue several sheets of star board together to achieve the thickness you desire.


    As for sealing a baffle I'd go with 100% silicone.

    HTH,
    Tom
    go find some pond liner to to seal in inside of the plywood tank. works a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolson10450 View Post
    go find some pond liner to to seal in inside of the plywood tank. works a lot better.
    tell that to the successful epoxy-lined plywood tanks on RC

    put me in for a vote for epoxy-sealed plywood or the second rubbermaid inside of the big one.

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    I have a tote inside of the big rubbermaid that holds my DSB and fuge. That part is cool. I really just need one good baffel b/c I can't currently keep the water level constant for the skimmer. I have seen star board that is like 1/2 inch thick. If I can find that someplace its waterproof already so it seems like I could just cut it to fit and then like pond foam it in place? I'm not sure what pond foam is but I have heard other people reference it. To me the plywood is so rigid it would be hard to cut it to the right size the way the rubbermaids slope outward.

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    pond foam is basically black-colored "great stuff" that doesn't dissolve.. its very sturdy once it sets, you could easily use it to hold a piece of plywood or starboard in place.

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    That is what I think I need then. Any idea where I can pick that stuff up at? I don't think I've ever seen it in a store before that I know of.

    It won't leach into the water and poison everything in my tank will it?

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    Im fairly sure this is what you're looking for, you can get it lots of places:

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...LAID=307588791

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    How about that I have an ACE harware in town That solves that now I just need to find thicker star board b/c HD only has like 1/8 inches pieces. I have seen 1/2 inch pieces in someones tank before. I also have to decide where to out all of the water thats in the some while I let this dry That is my biggest concern I think now

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    I ordered my full sheets of 3/8" starboard from Laird Plastics. I will be ordering 3 more sheets of it this winter for the next tank build.

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