Jan's new build

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  1. JvS

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    Hi everyone;

    When I was in school and varsity I used to keep fresh water (Central American and then Malawi's). Later on I moved to Natal. I use to keep koi when I lived in Natal (Richards Bay and Kloof), but when I moved back to Centurion after 7 years in Natal, my wife suggested I try a marine tank. The koi gave me an insight into the nitrification cycle and although marine is much more involved it did help me a lot as I understood at least a small part of the bacteria at work. The learning curve was steep, but after reading the books by Julius Sprung and lots of information on this site and with some time passing the tank I set up (1.5 x 0.5 x0.6(h)) was taking shape. I focussed mainly on the water quality and test once a week. The beginning was a mess as I got incorrect advice from a local dealer (not one from MASA), but then steffany put me onto Lanzo, who really helped me a lot. I then decided to build a larger tank as I realised what I thought I needed. I moved the old tank and Lanzo and Peter won the quote for the tank.


    Herewith a few photo's of my existing tank after it was moved to the garage. (What a job).




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    The fist thing that was delivered was the stand. It was build through Lanzo and it had to carry the new tank of 2.8m (L) x 1m (w) x 0.6m (h). The one thing I was not going to do any longer was to crawl in under a tank to work on something 11H00 at night, so I decided to move the sumps etc. to the garage where I could reach them easier and also keep the room where the tank is in as dry as possible. The area under the tank is meant to be very dry, so moving the sumps tied in with that objective. The stand is made from 50 mm square tubing and is powder coated.

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    The glass arrived soon after:

    The tank has a canopy and all lighting will by hidden. Therefore I could afford to use euro bracing.

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    As you can see the garage was a mess and the daughter's car had to sleep outside. For a week I said, but it turned out to be a few months.

    Whilst I was waiting for the stand and the glass I had the wood that has to cover the tank and to make the canopy pre cut at Ferreira's. The have a brand new machine and their accuracy was excellent. In the meantime I build the canopy. I split the canopy in two halves to make it easier to handle. I also deigned it that the front cover could clip off. This means that you can get into the tank without moving the lights. I will add more photo's of this once it is on the tank. I chose Crown cut royal mahogany and stained it later on to go with the furniture.

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    As I am an accountant without woodwork experience, the yorkie was there to supervise.

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    And then the sides went on 12 mm glass.

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    and even better at night, Lanzo and Peter really did a neat job. I thought there would be a mess in the house, but I must complement them as Corrie never had to complain about a mess.

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    Now we had to wait, and work on the woodwork, whilst the base had to go in.
     
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  3. crispin

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    wow thats a great upgrade. looks like a fanbtastic tank and well done on securing a space for a fish room. just one suggestion watch out of people leave vehicles running in the garage as the sump will absorb the fumes and thats NOT good...maybe cover the sump as well?

    thats a fantastic length you have, are you planninga wave box or what internal flow do you plan?

    that nennie will be happy once that tank has cycled and matured a bit:)

    best of luck with the build
     
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    Wow! That is going to be an awesome tank.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    WOW, Fantastic write up, this has the making of a magnificent tank!!

    I am also interested in the flow you intend using? wave box? CLS?
     
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    Thanks;

    Regarding the fumes I agee, we need to not keep cars running insaide the Garage. The sumps will be sealed (except for the one where the skimmer is in. We do not idle our cars and normally only start when the garage door is open. The Garage is also well ventilated.

    The idea of a wavebox I need to explore and read up on, but at this stage the return pump is 13 000 ltr per hour and I will construct the reef carefully and hide enough flow (tunsi type) inside the construction. It will be invisible, but easy to remove.

    I want to construct a special place for the nennie and would welcome some ideas.
     
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    Thanks, want to construct special place for the nennie
     
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    Nice build, nice size tank too :)
     
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    Thanks;

    I will post the design of the flow soonest
     
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    Thanks Tobes. I call it my gym as I have been working on it for many hours over past few months. I really enjoyed working on it
     
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    very nice ..
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what design have you settled on for the base of this tank ?
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what design have you settled on for the base of this tank ?
     
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    thats a awesome size tank Jan:thumbup: looking good so far,cant wait to see this tank up and running;)
    good luck and keep us updated:)
     
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    WOW Jan! 1st time I see this - FANTASTIC new tank, mate! It's going to be a STUNNER in time to come! You 1.5 meter definitely did not look bad either! ;)
     
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    Awesome build mate, looking at your prior tank... this is going to be a stunner!!
     
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    This tank looks much better in real life!! A stunner of a system with LOADS of potencial!

    Jan, myself and Lanzo definatly need to come over again to see the new progress..:)
     
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    That's a great size tank you've got under construction there.
    Will watch your build develop with great interest.

    I'm still not a fan of tanks sitting straight on styrene and steel.
    I personally would fit a marine ply board under the base to spread the load
    Another point for your consideration. Your stand has 1.4 m of unsupported span. I would gusset or weld another 50mm tubing under the span to reduce deflection and improve rigidity. If you choose to ignore this advice, at least measure stand deflection as you commence filling the tank. If you get measurable deflection (2mm +) you know you have a problem.


    Dont feel shy about bracing the tank top - Euro and two spanning braces would make me sleep a lot easier at night. Those are long sides you have to keep together there. There is a lot of water and gravity forcing them apart.

    How far will you have to pump between tank and garage filter system
     
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    A floating base consisting of 2 x 10mm
     
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    Thanks hope so too
     
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    Thanks Dane
     
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