Going to start a 4ft'er

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by VicZA, 4 Aug 2013.

  1. VicZA

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    So I have been reading, asking questions, designing and now I think it's time to get underway.

    Going to talk to Idol Marine this week about building the tank I would like and then going to enjoy making everything else. Need to get started on the stand and the sump "soonish" and will finish off with some furniture that suits the rest of the house.

    Need to iron out some thoughts regarding the furniture, and need to think about the lights .... but here is what I am going for .... going to take my time though .... nice and slow !

    My Marine Tank 01.jpg
     
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    Tagging! Are you going rimless starfire glass? Maybe start with LEDs from the start if budget allows it. Good luck cant wait to see finish product!
     
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    Sorry, need to clarify ... I already have the lights (2 x Vertex Illumilux 900s) I just haven't decided how I will them installed.

    I am going to inquire about starfire (not so sure it makes that much difference) but the tank will definitely be rimless, skinny coast-to-coast overflow and hidden returns.

    Thanks for tagging along
     
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    Oooo sorry man! Luckily you can plan the tank from scratch and do everything the way you want it!
     
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    can use starfire from glass thickness of 15mm and up. any thinner than that is a waste of money. nice size tank there @VicZA what hight and width are you looking at?
     
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    looking at 1200 x 600 x 450 (water height of 430mm)
     
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    This is what the sump will look like once completed :

    My Tank (Sump).jpg
     
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    What software are you using for the drawing?
     
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    The 3D stuff is drawn using 3D Studio Max ... text and stuff is added after 3D render using Photoshop
     
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    That cabinet looks awesome. Are you going to build that yourself?
     
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    you sure the middle chamber is long enough to have your heaters in place? Taking into account that the skimmer body and pump will also be in the way.

    You got no biological or chemical filtration capabilities?
     
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    Gonna try !! :biggrin:. A combination of veneered board, cornices and beading will do the trick. The catch is that it will all be supported by the metal from, without drilling the metal frame at all. Going to use some magnets (ala Quintin) and some clever positioning.

    Wish me luck ....
     
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    Middle chamber is about 450mm wide ... how long are the heaters (may just have to put them at an angle to get them in and out) - not serious. Don't think the footprint of the intended skimmer will be that much .... no?

    I was going to use BIO cubes only. Maybe add a Kalk Stirrer at some stage
     
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    Its doable without drilling the stand. I made my wrap around cabinet without drilling the stand. Being able to remove / slide the complete cabinet away is usefull if you need to get the sump out etc.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts. Side will come out dead easy.

    I also wanted this tank to be a feature and not just a tank. It will stand in the lounge where I already have some nice bold Wetherley's furniture, so I will try to match it somewhat. A square chipboard box just wasn't going to cut it !!
     
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    as always, I will be bouncing ideas off everyone here and getting some good feedback as the build goes. :thumbup:
     
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    Jaeger heaters is longer than the others. 300W is just over 450mm.

    What skimmer do you have in mind? How big is it?
     
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    mmmm, I was hoping to get a Jaeger heater .... may have to resize this sump then.

    I was looking at a RO XS160 skimmer (or similar) that one has a foot print of around 250mm square
     
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    I have redesigned my sump slightly (actually just made it a little longer). I have also added some (to scale) components such as RO XS160 Skimmer and a Waveline DC 3000 return pump. Also, the Jaeger heaters are now to scale, but these are the 200W (40cm) ones.

    According to manufacturer the XS160 works at an optimal water level of 8.5" (220mm), so I have a few questions:
    1 - Is my sock filter emergency overflow (the piece on the right that sticks up) too high ?
    2 - Is my bubble trap too high ?
    3 - Is there any point in having a sump that is 400mm high, when the water level should be at around 220mm?

    Sump (design).jpg
     
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    great design!
     
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