Butcherman's 4ft tank

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  1. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys things are finally tanking shape.
    So i decided to start a tank thread and not post in my intro thread any more.

    The tank currently as is consists of the following:

    DT = 1200mm x 450mm x 450mm +-240l with corner over flow 50mm plumbing
    SUMP = std 3ft tank +- 75l
    Return pump = 2000l/h (but only about 1600l/p with headloss)
    Substrate = Aragamax sugar fine
    Lights = 4 x T5 54w light unit
    Skimmer = tunze 9010
    DSB = play sand
    Flow = 1 x SUN SUN 5000l/p
    1 x Seio Prop Pump P1500 - 5800l/p
    1 x Seio Prop Pump P320 - 1200l/p
    Heater = 300w

    FTS
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    So far the biggest challenge to deal with on this tank is the high of the sump compartment which is only 600mm.
    I'm still playing around with the flow in the tank at the moment (which is about 13000l/p in theory). Also waiting for the dust to settle from the argamax( you can see the dust on the back of the pic).
    also looking to build a ATS, upgrade the lights, install a top up system and build a nice hood over the tank.
     
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  3. aslam

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    Hi Butcher,nice start,what are your stocking plans,are you cycling with the lights on?
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the lights just on to take a the picture
     
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    Looking good man! How long has the tank been full of water? Also, how much aragamax did you buy for the DT?

    Can't wait to see some more progress!
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    The waters been in for about 2 days now. I bought 2 bags of aragamax (13.7kg i think) from idol marine. i love the sugar fine look :)
     
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    Cool, thanks dude... What was the price per bag, if you don't mind me asking?

    When are you going to be adding the LR to the system?
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I'm hopefully going to get some LR Friday afternoon but still trying to figure out the best way to lift the LR off the substrate and let some water flow under it. the aragamax i think was about R950 for both i think i can remember i bought a few things that totaled up to about R2000 so i cant give you an exact price. Why not give Rob or Adriaan a call.
     
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    good start
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks leslie.
     
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    Looking good so far. I would have put the liverock in first that way you could have put it on some egg crate, kept the sand just infront of the rockwork so its basically BB under the rocks so would get some flow under there. Also you would save on Aragonite :p

    Why do you say sump is only 600mm high? That seems really high for a sump, I know my sump is only 270mm high and its pretty much perfect highwise i reckon.
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks kunhardt

    not the sump but the sump compartment inside the cabinateis only 600mm high.
     
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    oh ya that can be a hassel, specially when it comes to big skimmers. :p
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    dont worry the tunze skimmer i got fits perfectly for now :razz:
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Worked some more on the my tank over the last week.

    I put some pastic netting to stop anything but water going down the overflow.[​IMG]

    The engine room
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    Overflow
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    Skimmer just been cleaned so not alot happening
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    Electrics control pannel

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    Hopefully i get a chance tommorrow or saturday, to get me some live rock at idol marine :yeahdude:
     
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    Hello Butcher,starting to take shape.What are the dimensions of your overflow also what is the water level at.
     
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    looking good there Butcherman;) nice start.
     
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    Nice Butcherman

    What do you control with the 4 way light switch?
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the glass is 14cm wide and the plumbing is 50mm the water is about 4cm from the top of the tank.
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    lights(which will also on a be on a digital),skimmer, return and flow pumps.
     
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    butcherman Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks alot
     
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