Craigg's UK 400 gallons Tank

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  1. craigg

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    Well where to start, I suppose I could start from the beginning but in my case that is a long time ago and an adventure to say the least.

    Basically to cut a long story VERY short this is the second incarnation of the same tank.

    This also being my 3rd tank, going through the usual jumps from 4ft to 7ft. The 7ft was going great until a leak made my cabinet "blow"due to being made out of chipboard, anywaythis tank was replaced via Insurance to the current tank of 7.5ft * 3ft deep x 2.5ft high and now on a custom made 2inch box section steel powder coated frame.

    This new tank ran great for a whole year until this was needed:-

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    The picture does not show me but my good friends Mark (owner of one of the best LFS's in the UK) and Paul his Store Manager. Mark built this tank that he is currently smashing up and the new one which is the current tank..Why you may ask.....

    Well my 3 year old (at the time) son threw a set up pliers at the tank and created a very small "stone" chip, a stonechip I could not live with, with 3 young kids in the house....the tank was basically a disaster wating to happen, a disaster that was imminent not likely.

    So via yet another hefty insurance payout, the tank had to be stripped (not going into that disaster and loss of tank life) and rebuilt.

    So it went through these stages:-

    Before any corals added but still the first incarnation

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    The frame to create the above built in look.

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    Oh and the tank / sump and stand prior to any frame being constructed.

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    To this, notice the difference....nope me neither, dont you just hate it when a rebuild gives you no perceived benefit!!!

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    Lots lots more to follow...please try to avoid posting in his thread for a few days to give me time to complete a write a nice start of thread lol.
     
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  3. craigg

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    Anyway disaster explained.

    Please allow me to explain the design of he tank

    Yes its a typical large tank with large sump with returns via a shed housing a Chiller and a "out of favour" these days but still the dogs bits huge skimmer (Aqua Medic 5ooo twin)

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    However where his tank differs is it doesnt run BIG closed loops, its runs 8!!! 6100 streams in the false weirs. See the pic below, Plastic = False, Glass = Real weir for return to sump

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    Anyway the Tunze Streams are "clamped" to the weir using a clever use of metric pipe work.....like this:-

    The seperate sections:-

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    Would look like this all together:-

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    And look like this when attached to the weir:-

    Internal:-

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    External (external ie outside the weir but obviously still in tank)

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    Not going into to much detail (I had a even weirder under gravel type setup utilising 1 stream per weir but dont anymore) but the above pic only shows 3 outlets, well after the rebuild this is what they looked like:-

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    So with careful viewing you can now make out 4 outlets per weir. Also you can see I have learnt alot and reduced the "barrel" length and even disguised them with milliput.

    And finally for tonight here is me drilling holes but again there is more to follow so please try to avoid commenting yet!!!lol

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    craigg Thread Starter

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    Well not alot more to add really.

    Apart from, I am a converty to the "balling" method and use my aquatronica dosing pumps to automate this via some tanks that I have converted to hold 20 litres each of mixture:-

    2 * 3 way dosing pumps

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    Balling Tanks (well you get the idea ie rack with 3 tanks, of which 1.5 are used for balling)

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    My Aquatronica by the way is a big investment and has the following:-

    Control Unit
    5 * plug bars
    2 * PH probes
    2 * 3 way dosing pumps.
    3 * Level Sensors
    1 * Redox
    1 * Temp sensor

    The aquatronica controls EVERYTHING, from lighting to Ozone addition, to temp control.


    My lighting is 4 * 400 watt halides built from Luminarc's, Coralview Electronic ballasts and 14k MarineLux bulbs (soon to be replaced with 20k Radiums).

    I have 3 heaters which only come on during the winter, they consist of 1 * 500 watter and 2 * 200 watters. All come on a varying temps controlled via the Aquatronica, so only on the coldest days do all 3 heaters come on.

    In summer cooling is the main issue and this is dealt with via the Aquamedic Titan 2000 chiller.


    Here is a pic of the poor excuse of my tank room, purpose built shed by myself (over built with 4 * 4 timber) anyway in my shed is my electronic ballasts, all the Tunze power / control gear, top up tanks, chilller etc etc.

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    Finally for tonight (livestock etc tomorrow) here is my 2 * 150 gallon VATS used for Water changes.

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    Craig
     
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    Pretend you did not see this post, but it's been 05 hours. I am sitting on the edge of my seat here
     
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    That is really Awsome Craigg!keep the pics rolling
     
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    Wow! I want that! Awesome Craigg :)
     
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    This is how the big boys play. I can only dream...

    AWESOME, Well done!
     
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    mmmmmmmm....yummy :D
     
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    Hi Craig, luckily for me i never tire of looking at a system like this, i remember only too well the "pliers" incident, and i'm very pleased you bounced back so well.
    As ever, stunning.
     
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    Craig, what thickness glass is that? :)
     
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    Thanks all, more pics later.

    Glass is 12mm wth a double base.
     
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    Craig - awesome tank build job, mate! How's the power-heads (Tunze's) working out in the "false weir's"??
     
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    cool tank
     
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    HI,

    Streams are working perfectly tanks in the weirs. Hardly ever have to clean them.

    I would not personnally use any other method for flow now.

    CRaig
     
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    Awesome to know about the false weir design for the streams.... Thanks for the idea!
     
  18. craigg

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    Well tonight here is some pics of some of my Livestock

    My livestock (fish) currently consists of:-

    7 * Yellow Tangs
    1 * Mustard tang (White Spotted Surgeon)
    1 * Volitan Lionfish
    1 * Radiata Lionfish
    1 * Pajama Cardinalfish
    1 * Algae Blenny
    1 * Percula Clownfish
    10 * Anthias (various)
    3 * Bangaii Cardinals (Breeding)
    1 * Blue Throat Trigger
    2 * Maldives Anemonefish (pair)
    1 * Antennata Lionfish
    1 * Peacock Wrasse
    1 * Harlequin Tuskfish
    1 * Burgess' Butterflyfish
    1 * Flame Angelfish
    1 * Fairy Wrasse
    1 * Yellow Tail Purple Tang
    1 * Parrettfish

    Pics of some to follow
     
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    Mustard Tang - White Spotted Surgeon)

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    Volitan Angel

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    Huge YTP Tang

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    Burgess Butterfly (still in tank and added to rid tank of thousands of manjanos, this he did with the fish to follow after this one) Has the"odd" peck at SPS but does not seem to do any damage

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    Saddleback Butterfly (see description for Burgess, this fish though after doing his job had to be removed due to becoming a coral muncher)

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    Antennata Lionfish

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    Harlequin Tusk (my favourite)

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    Tank shots next.........
     
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    Shiver Me Blistering Blue Barnacle's.. loose. ..the force is strong with you Sir. Great story line.
     
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    shot, can't wait for a full tank shot.
    this is a nice thread dude, thanks for sharing, please go on:thumbup:
     
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