so here i am lifting the heavy lid back and forth, fixing things inside, putting fish in etc etc. so why not DIY a lid stand. i used 1.5 inch pvc cut to size with some cut outs and heres the final product. makes it a lot easier instead of having to slide the lid or lift it completely off the tank which would make my floor all wet.
i also moved a few things around inside of the sump. i initially had jap mat in the end compartment where the pumps are but the small fragments of the blue material kept getting sucked by the pump and i would have to keep netting it out in the main tank. i shifted the jap mat after the first compartment and put in regular sponge in the last. uv is running from the pump compartment, with a rio 2500.
ive had a few pms about my sump so here are some better pics for those that asked. enjoy.