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  1. bru

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    Hi

    Have had a 1800 x 600 x 700 for the last 8 years - based in Umhlanga and spearfish so I like to bring things back from the dive so my tank has not been a high end coral set up - bought 2 sets of clowns and 3 or 4 anemone's around 6 months back and they have been doing fantastic - also added 2 giant ears - got some nice invertebrates - banded corals cleaners etc

    Anyway always been keen for a big tank and I have the space on my outside veranda. Been using Euro Spirit for all my marine requirements - (Sean and Roopesh and the gang) and saw their BIG tank start to take shape (3000x1000x800) - After lots of discussions and looking at designs -

    Here is the start of my 2400 x 1000 x 750 tank

    Stand going in

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    Old Tank - half of the new LED lighting (Maxspect R420 R System) for the new Tank


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    Plumbing - from left to right - Top up water change (runs to my garage) / electricity (for DB) / Water (RO) / Waste (for cleaning)

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    Nice size tank, and love the plumbing etc coming from the floor. Neat job
     
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    Nice solution with everything coming out of the floor.

    Just a bit worried about the stand. I would add some extra bracing to ensure no swaying or flexing.

    Will the tank tank on the outer edge of the stand, or inner support right above the legs and then with a ledge all around? (place to put down your beer?)
     
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    Well spotted Riaan ! Yes - I am planning a counter approx 300mm around the tank either granite or wood - so you can eat in front of the tank - breakfast bar idea or sit and have a beer !!! So the tanks sits in the middle as such :)
     
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    Plumbing !!

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    Looking good. Tagging along
     
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    Keen to see this tank go up!:thumbup:
     
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    ARE YOU SURE that that floor will hold that weight?? @ Seank Maybe you can advise?
     
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    I had a look, but not saying much. Had 2 incidents last year when I did mention the floor thickness and stresses.... On both occassions the guys ignored me and went ahead. One was 1st floor slab with monster tank, guy filled it up, stood like that for couple of weeks with freshwater, and the tank and slab collapsed... He used to be a member on here but not anymore...
    Other guy was advised to put another reinforced slab over the existing one to spread the load... Again, did not listen and the sump asnwell as tank collapsed.....
    Soooooo, that is why I do not give advise to members anymore.... On no topic..... :blush:
     
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    I will do it for you SEAN...................... BRU that slab is going to Break and cost you a headache and alot of money and ruin your love for the hobby!!! DO your self a favor and ask SeanK !!!!!
     
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    looking good.
     
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    I ll have a look into it - tank is only being built tomorrow - under the tile is an old brick paved and then there is a slab
     
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    Bru( thats so awesome) i think you should dig it up and pour concrete for the area you want the tank to be! It will probibly cost you a fraction of what your setup costs and will give you piece of mind! Seank is really the man to PM he advised me on one or two things in one of my designs that i missed and i am quite thankful i did them in the end!

    I would not risk it if it is as thin as where those pipes come out from under your tiles!there is serious pressure from that tank!

    Just MO though :thumbup:
    Good luck though with the build!
     
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    Just a note - the concrete thickness is not what it looks ... I called an engineer in and he had a look and said that without knowing exactly what was laid he couldn't say for sure - BUT he worked out the weight and looked at the set up and he said he thought it would be ok. He said if it was a 2nd storey or a bank or uneven ground he may be more sceptical. Just a note when we drilled through to put the plumbing in we kukked off even drilling through with a pneumatic drill with a proper bit ...
     
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    After some delays the tank is finally being built - got the electrics -db board and swithches

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    Awesome build keep up the great work bru...
     
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    All in place - not the best time to be breaking out for the new stacking doors - same day !!:yeahdude:


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    Tank curing - all silicone cleaned up yesterday - drain and bracing being done today !

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    First part of the Sump - this will feed into my existing sump - 2 x skimmers will be in here ... Putting glass shelf for skimmers in today - starting the plumbing and connecting the DB today

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    Connected this up to my existing system so I can start to collect rocks for the new system - (one of the benefits of being close to the beach :whistling:

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    Got a massive rock in there at the moment - will update later today

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