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As is the want on this site I am starting a pictoral history of the trials and tribulatioon of my new marine tank so far!

Fortunately I was in Cape Town for the December holidays so I couldn't build anything and had 21/2 weeks just to plan. I'm very impulsive so would have made plenty more mistakes if I had been able to! I'm happy to say that MASA contributed 90% of what I learned - thanks guys!

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My old freshwater tank that I sold to the luckiest beneficiuary in the world!

Collecting dead barnacles in Simonstown

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I had meticulously planned the dimensions of my tank - 1800 x 700 x 700 and ordered a tank to be built by a p[rofessional tank builder.

In the meantime, based on the dimensions of the overflow I had asked for (30cm long, 20cm deep) I built the rockwork support structure
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I am lucky to have a meat bandsaw, so I could cut some coral rock in half to create the cladding and base for the rock structure

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Drilling holes for the base of the towers
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Test fitting in my old tank
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I built a modified closed loop system, fed from punps in the sump
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Test fitting on my old tank
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I bought the steel for the frame and had a mate weld it up for me
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Then my tank was delivered and everything went pear shaped!!

The overflow box had been built 40cm x 10cm deep, so my rockwork structure didn't fit. I was going to use the depth of theoverflow to hide a powerhead on either side. Being s shallow I could no longer do this. Anyway, I decided I'd just make another plan and went ahead with Fixing blue perspex to the back walls and black ABS sheeting to the overflow box, plastic mesh strainer etc. Put play sand in (washed at least 12 times - don't believe them when they says its pre washed!), severely modifies rockwork structure went in etc.

I put the first 20l of water in and guess what - a leak!

I called the tank builder and then started what can only be described as a nightmare!
 
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They came back FOUR times to fix this leak. Needless to say, the perspex got broken, the tank got scratched and a brand new tank that has never been filled ended up lookng second had.
Eventuially, this Saturday, after it leaked for the 4th time I got the hell in, went to the hardware and bought R350 worth of blades and knioves. I climbed into the tank and fixed the leak myself!

Meanwhile I had buiolt the sump underneath.
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ReefTech TS4 skimmer, DSB, 5500L return pump. I have allowed a second return pipe for a second return pump when i am ready.

Found these great timers with battery backup so when Eskom goes black you dont have to reset all your times
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Tonight I fill the tank!!! Well as much as I can - this RO process takes forever!

I'll take some pics tonight.

Cheers for now.
 
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Pics?

What am I doing wrong? Why aren't these pics loading ere?
Help!!
 

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Great start Bayls, you might want to lose the tropical plant background though :)
 

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Lost the whole tank Wee Man - that was my old tropical tank!
 

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Very nice, going about this project the right way dude, going be wicked. With that rockwork support you going have some interesting aquascaping
 

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First mishap. Was filling the tank and connected up only one of my 2 return pumps. Filled the sump and then switched on the pump to pump the water into the main tank. You guesed it - I switched on the wrong pump! It took me a few seconds to realise what had happened, by which time my 8000lph pump had dumped about 30 litrs onto the carpet. All the woodwork of my cupboards etc is already starting to swell. Can't wait for rthe smell to start! Wife is picture no sound!
 

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Ouch good luck bud:thumbup:

When they talk you think there is nothing as nice as them being quiet, when they go quiet, I get scared
 

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wow nice quick start! good luck & please keep us posted! :thumbup:
 

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Nice start - whats the skimmer compartments size (or TS4 foot print)
 

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The TS4 is quite big as it has 3 pumps around it. It is certainly doing the job tho'.

Here's an updated pic of my tank with about 60kg of live rock, no livestock yet (altho the parameters are perfect). Still need another 25kgs or so and then I will be ready!
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This going to turn out to be a real looker.
Lovely skimmer you have:thumbup:
 

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