Designs for a new cube! help appreciated!

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  1. Furbz

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    i am currently designing a 800 x 800 x 600 cube
    if you could share your ideas and designs with me here it will be much appreciated!!

    i currently have this in my head.

    800 x 800 x 600 high cube.

    wier overflow located at the back middle of the tank (agains the back pane of glass.
    return pipes from the sump will come up thru the wier(therefore 2 holes. 1 for the sump pipe. 1 for the return pipw which will be much smaller).

    the return pipe will return and run through the wier and then out through holes cut into the sides of the wier via pipes.
    a 1 way valve will prevent syphoning from occuring if the electricity cuts.


    the sump will be the std 3 compartment design, with baffel boards inbetween the first and second chamber.

    the first chamber will house the skimmer, heater, pump for my carbon-pho reactor (sits outside the sump, but within the cabinet) i will also keep a bag of purigen in this compartment.

    the second chamber will have the DSB and chaeto. lighting for the cheato will be 50W halogen globes. (used in the past and work like a bomb!)

    the third chamber will house the return pump along with a pump to my chiller. (these pipes will exit the cabinet near the bottom and run to the chiller. they will be the only pipe that will be external to the setup.

    there will be a 4th chamber running the length of the sump to act as a reservoir for fresh RO water for the top up.

    none of my piping will leave or run on the outside of the tank.

    i plan for my stand to be 700 high. with a wooden cabinent surrounding the tank.
    i will cut a hole into the cabinet and install a PC fan to help prevent moisture from building up.

    the lighting i am still looking into. but ideas are it will be supported by a stand that runs behind the wier overflow making it 'invisible'.
    my roof is to high to have a pedant hanging on wires.
    i was thinking of maybe having this stand connected to my metal stand in order for neatness. maybe install or make it possible for the lighting fixture to swing out of the way or be raised.

    the top will remain as open glass. would love to go rimless but i think the costs are to great for this.

    the wiring will all be located in the cabinet at the top. away from water. i will only have one cable running into the tank to supply power. from this. the lights pumps etc will be powered.


    if anyone sees any design flaws or has any better ideas, please i would love to hear them!! :wave2::wave2::wave2:
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Sounds like you have done your homework :thumbup1:

    Being a cube I am sure you going have a huge pile of rock radiating from the centre of the cube. Why not look at a centre overflow, makes all sides viewable.

    All if you want to try get adventurous, do a IM overflow :whistling:
     
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    i doing think a centre overflow would work out to well, dont think the cube is big enough for it. and i think i prefer the the back overflow in anycase.

    IM = idol marine overflow?
    not a fan. it would need piping to run externally. and i dont like that look in a tank...
     
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    IM overflow is also noisy.. seen and heard a few of them...
     
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    Hi furbz, i made myself a cube design a while back, if you want it i can email it to you, you are welome to use it if you will, just dont forget my credits ;) Do you have Google Sketchup? i organised it so individual pieces can be moved for better viewing
     
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    On a 800mm cube, the space for a 3 chamber sump with baffles is very tight.
    I'm busy with same basic size, but sump area is 1m high. Also my roof is a sloped notting pine. So hanging lights is not an option. On 800mm, 39w T5 just do not fit inside the canopy. Also I do not want any pumps inside the tank. But for now my return will be over the top (still thinking about it).
    This is what I got to: (one day when I stop changing the design then I will build it)
    Designing my future cube - Page 2 - Anything DIY Related
     
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    hi scubaninja,

    that would be great. i dont have google sketchup, but i'm sure its available to download. if you send me the files i will download the program and def take a look at it! shot!:thumbup:
     
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    cool man download it and PM me your email address
     
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    Wow, that is one sweet tank. Here is another pic of it

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    ok, was def confused With regard to what i IM overflow is..
    looks impressive. however, i still think it would be noisy...

    that is also a huge cube! how big is it?
     
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    Not quite a cube. I believe that tank was 1200x1000x550 high (may be wrong)
     
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    Hey Furbz

    I would go for a 900x900x600 cube. You will have more options available where lighting is concerned and gives you a bigger water volume.
     
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    Yip, that will be 100L bigger. And then you can use T5 39w 6 globes total 234w. Actually I think you have to go 8 globes, total 312w.


    But, as in my case I cannot go bigger than 800*800 That is the space I got.
    So I will use T5 24W * 4. (cheaper globes) plus a 150w MH unit total 246w.

    If you got the extra space, go for it.
     
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    having a look into a very neat pendant from dorrypets.
    2x 150W halides and 2x 24W T5's. Very smart!!
     
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    also, heres a question. if i went with starphire glass and wanted rimless. what sort of of thickness would i need for it to be stable? 10mm? or 16mm?
    taking into account my tank size... its not to big?
    would it be stable with 10mm?
     
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    what about 12mm starphire?
     
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    furbz i may be wrong but i think its a misconception that starfire is stronger than normal glass, i think its only the looks that differ. so try hennies calculator and see what it says. if its in the green it will be fine. off the top of my head ten mm should be fine
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    its not that it will be stronger. i just want to know if it will hold up if the tank were to be rimless...
     
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    where is hennies calculator??
     
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