Dohn's Tank aka Mount Costmore

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  1. Dohn

    Dohn MASA Contributor

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: Watch this space..... :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    mmmhh interesting. Are these stands going to be welded one on top of the other?
    Please give us more details, this looks very interesting :)
     
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    Which level is going to hold the main display? And how are you going to clean it?
     
  5. Dohn

    Dohn Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    I had a similar problem to yours Mekaeel where the frames wouldnt fit through the door.
    I live on the 2nd floor which is even worse, trying to get it around the stairway. So the frames will be bolted to each other and against the wall.

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    I have left about a 30cm gap above each tank so that i can get in there and do whatever i need to Moz. Also im busy making a bracket that will slide in and out for the lights. Maintaining the lights will be easier and a nice big space to access the tanks.


    Display tank is 1500 x 600 x 600 12mm Glass
    Sump is 1200 x 500 x 500 10mm Glass
    Algae grow area is 1200 x 400 x 500 10mm glass

    The sump is divided into 2 areas. Where the normal water will flow and one where water will circulate slowly in the dark for 12 hours. After 12 hours, the Algae grow area, which was also circulating slowly for 12 hours will open a valve and let a 50l surge into the display tank. The display tank will oveflow into the sump. The dark half of the sump will pump its contents into the Algae grow area, at a certain level a syphon will begin, draining the sump of its excess water. and this will happen every 12 hours.

    I want to try and run it like this without filters, skimmers, etc. Call it organic, lol.
    I will have different algae in the algae grow area, as well as mangrove plant.
     
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    VERY COOL....good luck with it....hope u have help carrying stuff up those flights of stairs ....post updates asap
     
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    Nice idea you have brewing, hopefully soon we can see the finished product. Btw, a mate of mine just returned from Akhtar....
     
  8. Dohn

    Dohn Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Is that Akhtiar. Because thats in Pakistan.Was he tanned. Its bloody hot now here in the middle east. Temp averages 50 everyday now.but ya we'll see how the idea's pan out. Your tank inspired my idea's Sean.
     
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    I want to fill the dark half of the sump with crushed coral, crushed sea shells and ceramic rings. After the water has circulated in there for 12 hours and the bacteria has consumed all the oxygen in the water, the PH should have dropped to below 6.5 and the crushed substrate can release calcium into the water. The water will then be pumped into the algae grow area where the algae can thrive off the carbon dioxide and nitrates from the dark sump. Removing docs and nitrates from the water. Oxygenating the water and pushing the PH up again. Crushed shells are a natural PH buffer so it shouldnt be too unstable.The water will then surge into the display tank and the theory is i have a 10% water change every 12 hours.The dark sump simulates the depths of the ocean, the algae grow area simulates shallow water or the surface of the ocean. (Hope i can get plankton to grow) and the display tank simulates the reef.This is just my idea, if the boffs know otherwise then please let me know.
     
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    whoa:) this is gonna be interesting...:thumbup:
     
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    Going to tagg along to this thread - interesting what you doing Dohn
     
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    Hi Dohn - very interesting design. Looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
     
  13. Dohn

    Dohn Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    The fruits of tonights graft.

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    I cut the bottoms and the backs for the frames out of plywood using a jigsaw.
    The idea is to paint the inside of the frames white gloss. I want the inside of the cabinet to look like the inside of my fridge. That way i can easily spot any dirt and clean it, it will also disguise any salt splash.
     
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    Very interesting project, keep us posted
     
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    Dohn Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    To give you an idea of the height of all the frames together.

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    I meant to ask, are you doing this project at home or in Kuweit???
     
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    Dohn Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    In Kuwait. another reason why the frames are in sections is so that i can ship them out of here when the time comes. When ever that is.
     
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    Looking great man!
     
  19. Chop

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    can someone pls help me?
    im new to the site and wana post pics of my tank for everyone to see.
    how do i do this?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hey dude go to forums and then members set ups click on new thread and go wild....
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    interesting project here blimmen high stands...
     
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