Dream Cube becoming reality

Discussion in 'Large Tanks' started by toppdogg, 4 Sep 2011.

  1. toppdogg

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    Hey Guys
    i just recently moved and starting to get settled
    so i thought i would start a thread on new cube as it has been along time coming
    first specs

    DT size :
    1200 x 1200 x 550 (water level at 500)
    glass 12mm base with 10mm sides completely euro braced
    with C2C overflow with 2 x 50mm outlets

    sump :
    is in 2 sections
    1st 800 x 800 x 500 devided into 2 sections 800 x 330 skimmer chamber
    2nd 800 x 470 DSB at 150mm
    flowing over into 800 x 300 x 400mm
    devided into 2 sections
    1 for floss and other return chamber

    giving a total of 1070 ltrs (excluding displacement)

    Equipment :
    1 x 3000 lts/h return pump (looking to replace in long run)
    1 x lifetech ap 3500 2500 ltrs/h return pump
    4 x sun sun 3000ltrs/h vibration pumps ( looking to replace as soon as cash allows for vortech or tunze )
    1 x sun sun 5000 ltrs/h vibration pump
    1 x reeftek TS3 skimmer with opti 3000 pump
    1 x DIY carbon reactor 2 chambers looking to run phos media in secon chamber later on

    Lighting :
    8 x T5 24w tubes
    all sylvania 4 Aquatar 10k
    and 4 Coralstar 14k
    1 x 150w MH DE 14k

    Stand is being made this week hopefully
    which is made from 38 x 38 x 3mm mild steel red oxided and then painted in Hammerite Black

    I am plannig to start building tank this week and will post pics of progress
    as i know how we all want pics :lol:
    cheers Dean
     
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    Very nice size tank! I'm following your build :)
     
  4. mariusmeyer

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    Nice size. I take it you meant 54W globes as 24W will be way too short.
     
  5. toppdogg

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    no i am going with 24w as it it what i had
    will post pic of hood so you can see how i am placing them
    and they are lighter on power anyway
     
  6. toppdogg

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    ok just finished light hood here it is
    [​IMG]
    and the start of sump tanks
    [​IMG]
    will post more pics of tank build and stand
    once done
     
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    I just wonder if those 24W tubes will have enough punch on 500 deep water.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking good dean. fantastic looking hood and sounds like a stunner of a system..

    i see no reason why the 24w T5 tubes wont punch a .500mm deep tank.. they are made in smaller sizes for the very reason , to be used on smaller in lengthe tanks not necessarily shalower....

    i have used them on .700mm tanks in the past with no ill effect.. quality of bulb is important to consider for maximum illumination though
     
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    Me to
     
  10. toppdogg

    toppdogg Thread Starter

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    thanks Les
    thats why i place the tubes in that order i know they will work well

    thanks for comments
     
  11. toppdogg

    toppdogg Thread Starter

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    ok so collected glass today
    will start building soon
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    12mm base 10mm sides
     
  12. leslie hempel

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    very very lekker...im itching to build a tank again...
     
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    lovely sized DT, looking foward to seeing it glued:) good luck
     
  14. toppdogg

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    me to cant wait to start
    just waiting for braces and then game on:)
     
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    ok so building has begun and man is that glass heavy
    will post pics soon of glass box
     
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    post pics of glass becoming a box :)
     
  17. Charl_Stanhope

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    Sounds amazing.will be following this build for sure.good luck
     
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    Tagging

    Just tagging along.

    nice Build ToppDogg
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you had better be building this puppy if you not online.. :)
     
  20. toppdogg

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    yip that would be correct sir

    thanks

    thanks man

    :lol: i am trying but so busy at the moment with work will post pics soon
     
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    so i went and checked on stand yesterday
    and it is almost done
    i am picking up on friday
    i have a question i am painting with hammerite
    what is the best to use the spray can or tin and paint on ?
     
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