Irshaad's 750 Cube

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by irshaad, 26 Nov 2009.

  1. irshaad

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    Finally got the go ahead from the minister of finance (wife) to start on the new tank plans.
    My current jebo marine-hack corner unit is doing fine except the wooden stand that's got some water damage.
    I initially wanted to get a steel stand made, but decided with all the work that would needed to be done, might as well start fresh.

    The plans are:
    750X750x600 tank (10mm with 12mm base)
    700x450x450 sump (4 compartments for skimmer, chaeto, dsb, return)
    750X750X800 stand (32mm - 3mm)
    250W MH + two 24W T5's OR eight 24W T5's

    Would have loved to go bigger than 750 for the tank, but needed to take the room's aesthetics into account.

    Will be picking up the tank/stand/sump this weekend, God willing, after which the pics will begin rolling

    This is going to be quite a lenghty build.
    Will focus first on covering the stand in plywood and wrapping that in black graphite-looking TILES. Unit will have a single sliding door if possible.
    (got the idea from lastlight's 225 reef build - Reef Central Online Community)
    Next will be a coffee table wrapped in the same tile
    Then the hood (no tile, just black stain) and lights.
    After which I will start with equipment and plumbing.


    My current tank :

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    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. FransSny

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    Irshaad sounds like an awesome project ! I'm also starting a cube build early next year so will be following this thread closely

    Good luck :)
     
  4. Ridwaan

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    Sound great Irshaad, enjoy the whole setup process...
     
  5. Atilla

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    looking forward ro this build, sounds nice
     
  6. sweetnsour

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    wow i digs that guys tank in the link you provided, it going to be an awesome tank man , im going to be following this one for sure
     
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    Hey Irshaad

    You finally decided on the size. Good luck with the build
     
  8. RUAN

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    looking good,awsom tank:thumbup:
    good luck with the build
     
  9. riyadhessa

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    Cant wait to see this...Good luck mate...
     
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    Going to be great, good luck:thumbup:
     
  11. irshaad

    irshaad Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys!
    The tank finally arrived yesterday!
    Tank/stand/sump/boards set me back R2445
    Tank is 10mm with 12mm base and bracing top & bottom
    Sump is 6mm
    Stand ended up being made with 38mm steel instead.
    Here's a quick pic:
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    Will be sourcing the plywood hopefully this weekend, to start with the cabinet.
    I'll be using 12mm exterior ply which lansdowne boards quoted at R385 for 2,4 X 1.2m
    Their 12mm marine ply is R972
    Anyone know where i can get this cheaper?
     
  12. mnd123

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    Awesome work there! Thats a really really good price mate!

    Has the tank got a corner overflow?
     
  13. keyaam

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    timercity. R300 with cutting
     
  14. ziyaadb

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    Awesome stuff bru
     
  15. irshaad

    irshaad Thread Starter

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    yip, has a corner overflow with two holes drilled, one to sump (35mm) and one for return (25mm)
    Thanks Keyaam! I'm shopping at the wrong places :p
    Will post more pics as I progress.
    The first thing to do is move the old tank into another corner, and move this tank into the original corner :(
     
  16. irshaad

    irshaad Thread Starter

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    cool, went to timbercity site and saw they have a DIY section which has a COFFEE TABLE DIY project!
    Timbercity - [ DIY PROJECTS ]
    Some light at the end of the tunnel...
     
  17. irshaad

    irshaad Thread Starter

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    Speaking of light, just got 2 x 70W MH kits.
    R700 for two kits, but damn they bright!
    Comes with 2 14000k globes, which look in good shape. Apparently only been used for 2 months. Not sure how true that is though...
    Was initially planning on 1 x 250w, then changed my mind to 2 x 150w.
    Then this deal came along and i thought wot the hell, will save on electricity bill and perhaps less heat.
    The plan is to focus MH on sps's mounted at middle and top of tank, and place lps and softies towards the edges and lower down.
    Nuf talk, here's some pics:
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  18. RUAN

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    cool man good luck
     
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    Man those are fantastic prices for those metal halides. If you supplement with a few T5's(like 4) im sure it will suffice
     
  20. irshaad

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    Picked up the wood on Saturday. But stupid me only took enough money for one sheet, thinking it would be enough, turned out i needed and extra 1m on a 3m sheet :( So i have ALMOST all the pieces (Anyone have spare 12mm plywood lying around?)

    Board begin cut and collected (lansdown boards)
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    Getting the tools ready
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    The board (well some of it)
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    Laying out the planned hood:
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    MH holes cutout and test Mounting of MH on board: (LIKE A GLOVE)
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    Cut, Glued, Screwed and ready to go. Still need to mount T5 endcaps (might be 2 or 4) The hood is 20cm high and rests on the glass at 5cm up to allow enough space between top bracing and T5's.
    At 10cm up rests the board holding the MH's. The plan is not to fix this to allow this board to be lifted to access the tank. Good idea, bad idea?
    Any other suggestions on how to provide access to the tank?
    Also, where should i mount those 1ton ballasts? I'm thinking of mounting them on the wall away from the hood...

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    Hood on tank, power on, and hey presto!
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  21. irshaad

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    I now need to move the old tank out of the corner, and put this one in there, and move the old tank to another corner, before i start working on the new stand cladding.
    This is going to be a nightmare.
    I'm going to need to empty out the old tank, do the move, then resetup my old tank :( wot a waste of energy! Any better ideas?

    Need to get me some hammerite for galvanised stand (i'm paranoid) and some woodoc 50 with ebony stain. Where's the cheapest place to get this stuff?
     
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