Frag & Holding tank

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  1. brentv

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    Hey guys,
    Gonna set up a frag and holding tank.
    It is gonna be plumbed into my existing tank.
    The idea is when I get new pieces whether collecting, swapping fragging etc I can get them stabilized before moving to my main DT where the current is stronger!
    I am tired of picking up pieces off the substate!
    Also a bit of a quarintine and holding tank for those special fish that I organize for friends!;)
    Specs: 1000L x800W x400H

    will be fed from my overflow from my DT then cycle through this tank and then piped to the sump!

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    My Dog 'Congo' with some of the glass

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    Starting assembly,
    I am using 6mm glass, I know it is thin and not really recomended but I'm gonna do loads of bracing and water level is going to be just on 300mm.
     
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  3. brentv

    brentv Thread Starter

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    My Stand

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    Looks good brent! Your workmanship is outstanding!
     
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    Wow looks fantastic :)
     
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    Really cool idea!!

    Tagging along on this one ;)
     
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    Thanks so much guys, what I'm gonna do is have a shut off valve and a bypass from the main tank to the sump, so I can at any time cut off connection and have this as a seperate system. By turning the switch it can then be part of the loop again!
    I have a 150w MH that I'm gonna set up and 2 atinic T5's, hope this will be enough.:blush:
     
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    looking really good brentv, your stand is very well built :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Preshan,
    I gave my drawing to a local carpenter down my neck of the woods... he built it sturdy as hell (took 4 guys to offload;)) it has been treated with sanding sealer and 2 coats of varnish. At this stage it will just be housed in my 'Tank Room' so doesn't have to look pretty with a cabinet (yet:whistling:) He charged me R1250. I think that's a great price?
     
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    really nice looking stand brent. I always wonder why we go for steel stands when wooden ones just looks so much better IMHO
     
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    Thanks Frans...
    Hope it's not coz we have to dismantle every 3 years to re-varnish!:eek:....:biggrin:
     
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    awesome! :thumbup: Would like to see how this tank turns out. Ive always wanted to build my own tank :) .. How much did the glass cost?
     
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    Nice now you only need to go dive ;)
     
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    :) I got a silly question, why do you put silicon on the top of the tank?
     
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    to put a bracing in

    looking awesome man, think that light may be a bit directed as your tank is 800w but if the corals are under the light no issues
     
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    Oh I see, silly me...
    thanks man.
     
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    Yah yah Yuri.... I know what you wanna see:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
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    Hi Tremayn, with the glass only being 6mm, I get it for hardly nothing if it is for personal use (...UUUUmmm fishtank use:biggrin:) I get it from PG down this side. They install all the glass and aliminium in the houses I project manage. I have just checked the price they would charge, about R300 a square metre and R460 for 10mm.
    Would be interesting to see what other guys can get glass for!
    Basically though Glass, sillicone, bit of meths, masking tape and a few :peroni::peroni: for a mate and I guess this size roughly about R1500-R2000 (at the above prices!)
     
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    Thats not so bad :)... guess the fun is in making it yourself
     
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    Once you start making tanks it's very addictive... ask Les;):biggrin:
     
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    Water Test

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    Level is at 350mm high! easy to reach in and 'play' with frags:biggrin:
     
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