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Large Tanks Setups with a total system volume of between 500 litres and 1000 litres (130 to 265 gallons)

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Old 28-07-2011   #1
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At last i can start, i have some pictures of the tank, sump, and stand, i will be doing pluming today, ( lets rather say try pluming, i have a small idea of how to do it, but thats about it, if there are anyone who can help, it will be great!

I just said a quick prayer, so lets start!
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Old 28-07-2011   #2
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great to hear you are starting off realy cool.

best advice about plumbing is to measure twice cut once, plan it all first and draw it out so that you know whats going where and then start. Also make sure your joints are clean and free of plastic when you bond. once its set its hard to redo so get it right first time.

oh and cut your pipes at right angles

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thats a lovely loking tank, whats the volume, around 300l?

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great looking tank n stand, great start!!

take a pic with the doors open so we can see what u planning for the sump..

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nice looking tank

a note on the plumbing: are you using PVC? if so remember to sand bothe the inner of te fitting and the exterior of the pipe.. apply glue to both ends and turn the pipe as you insert it into the fitting ensuring the excess tangit (pvc weld) forms a neat seal at the fitting...

its easier than you think but the sanding is the hard part..

enjoy...

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tell us your plumbing strategy, what goes where

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Very nice tanks those ...I had exactly the same. Does yours have a steel stand inside the cabinet ? If not I would suggest adding one before filling

You can then also remove the wooden brace in the middle inside the cabinet...this will allow for a larger sump
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I'm jealous!!! I'm only getting my tank from slagter on saturday
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Cool you must change your name now, your a marine bloke now
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Cool you must change your name now, your a marine bloke now
I second that black ghost knife fish does not cut it anymore
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Thanks guys, I have done the best i can in my plumbing, now to let it stand for a day or so!
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The guy at themy LFS said it does not need a metal stand, so i did not get on? Will it break if I add water once I fill it, you making me stress!!
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The guy at themy LFS said it does not need a metal stand, so i did not get on? Will it break if I add water once I fill it, you making me stress!!
the problem is your sump will evaporate water inside the cabinet making the wood swell thus putting stress on the tank.

Rather do it now than worry about creaking noises in the night. You will also appreciate the extra space for the sump

If you bought it where I think you did...you probably didnt get the best advice around

No need to stress though a simple stand from 25 mm sq tube will do the trick...
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The sump is a biggesh class cube with opening doors, i have tried to get a photo of it but ya, its does not look to great, the middle section does not look like it can come out because the doors are screwed into it?
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Wait its small to the ones i have seen in here in MAS!!!
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Normally RiaanP would go through the whole story but seeing I had the same tank..

Sump with three chambers.
1 - Skimmer & inlet
2 - DSB , taking it for granted you will be adding one. In order to be effective it needs to be as large as possible
3 - return pump & chemical filtraion such as Rowaphos , Carbon Etc

IMHO two options here:

Firstly remove those "sliders" looks cool but becomes a nuisance.

Add a metal stand

Remove the internal wooden devider as wide as possible and add as large a sump as possible (if you want to utelise DSB )

OR Invest in the new craze wrt NP reactors to increase and feed bacteria. You would might then also like to look at other reactors such as carbon , phos etc. You can then drill relatively small holes to accomodate all pipes.

Ultimately depends on what you wanna keep ....that system could work fine for FOWLR
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Were to i get these stands or must i just make one myself? Man they made me think at my LFS i dont need anything else, man that gets to me!
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Thank you FranSsny for all the help!

RiaanP Please help again buddy! I wanna do this right!
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