My Downgrade

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  1. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    Well, due to circumstances I broke down my PlayStation 3 system.
    PlayStation 3 - Page 9 - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Anyway, I set up my old 1.2 tank.
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    It is a standard Daro 1.2m product. I used another standard 90L Daro tank as a sump.

    I changed the stand, cut the center bottom vertical brace out and moved it to the back. Also welded the small triangular supports in to prevent flexing. And had the stand powdercoated.

    Tank got bottom drilled, and I fit a slim line al la Idol Marine style overflow box 100mm wide.

    Sump, added two baffles, one shorter by 10mm.
     
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    Looks very nice Riaan, missed why you braking up the PS 3
     
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    he bought a xbox 360

    Riaan that tank looks lekker
     
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    Some more pics, Right hand side stuff

    Plugbar, SAGA auto top up, SAGA PH meter, 2 Vortech MP40 drivers
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    Kalkwasser stirrer in RO topup unit. Still need smaller but deeper tub.
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    Phosphate reactor
    And the black tub is a cryptic zone. Full of extra live rock to add more filtration.
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    Return pump is a Dophin P-3000 at 43W. Drives the cryptic tank and phosphate reactor via ball valves plus return line from one pump.
     
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    Although downgraded it still looks awasome!;) I see you have the temperature nicely in check!!:razz:
     
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    And the stuff on the left hand side.

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    Crate looks crap... yes I know. It have to go ASAP.
    Anyway, timers for lights on this side. Timers got good old SA 3 point plug points, also the timers cann only fit two next to each other. They are too wide to get more in on same plugbar. Need better bar on this side. Also skimmer gets its power from here. Also my Ozone plus airpump runs on another timer for 45minutes in the morning and another 45min in the afternoon. Ozone enters via TS1 skimmer.

    Downpipe got a ballvalve to control excess noise from overflow.

    And wooden support presswood plank under tank is wrapped in a plastic paint dropsheet. To keep water away. Works wonderfull. Same for plank under sump. Come-on floods. :thumbup:
     
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    interesting set-up.you gonna have this one set up for a while or is it temporary?
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    About 6 months. Will see how life handles me...
    Tank and sump is actually my quarantine tank. Now it is a loaded system.

    Still need a black background,
    And a cabinet of sorts, just something to stop the CFL lights from lightning halve the house.
     
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    Some tank shots,
    From the left

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    Vortech MP40wES set up on reef mode (yellow) and at 2 lights strength. Else I blow even more sand away... :)

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    We are hungry - feed us...

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    And the last shot from the left

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    @Riaan, black background = vinyl from Mazeas will be about R14 and can be pulled off easily due to no glue.
    Cabinet = 6mm plywood from Chamberlins will be R227 for a 2.4 x 1.2 sheet, cut 3 pieces - 2 for sides and 1 front, stain and seal(woodoc 1 litre = R120) and use magnets to attach to frame.
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Thanks Neo
    Vinal is another option I did not know.
    I like ABS sheets, stiff plastic at 0.9mm. Easy to cut, easy to take out and put back. Using that on my big tank. A sheet is about R80 and is 1.6 by .8m

    My brother got himself some serious woodworking tools. Currently building a baby changing station out of cherrie wood. Looking good. So watch this space :)

    But maybe a quick fix with a plywood piece is an idea. Now we hang a towel in front of the sump. :lol: At least towel is always at hand and never out of reach... :thumbup:
     
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    And the shots from the right

    The other Vortech and some hungry fish
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    again
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    Full shot from the right
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    and another
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    That is all the pics for today...

    so what do you guys think?
     
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    Tank looks nice Riaan. Thought you're going in-tank DSB?
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Not on this tank Tobes.
    My big tank is completely shut down at the moment. That tank is 750mm deep, and I'm thinking of putting an in display DSB in that tank when I start that one up again.

    This one is a standard 1.2, .45 deep by .45 wide. At the left the LR is already sticking slightly out the water by about 5mm. No ways that I can have the LR stack any higher. But the hermits love that spot. Always will find one or two parking off there.
     
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    really sorry to hear that you had to close the big tank down, but atleast you have some salt water to keep your hands wet :)
     
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    Just some moaning.

    These slimline overflows are a pain in the butt. And before you say I'm doing it wrong, let me explain.

    First. Do not have only one outlet hole in the bottom. One hole gets blocked, and you are risking flooding your display. Luckily my return pump sucked air just before the display over filled. Water was on the rim.

    Secondly, one chiton, in there, and you got mayor noise. And with euro bracing, there is no way to get him out. Have to wait him to get out. And at the moment mother nature got a lot more patience than me.

    Last. Do not use those quarter turn ball valves. You just struggle to get it on the perfect spot so that the overflow got enough water in it not to make a noise. Rather go for that T pieces that looks like it got a tap thread on the one side. I'm going to change that this weekend.
     
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    Those T pieces with the tap is called a gate valve. Very expensive but works very well.
     
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