My dream in the making.

Discussion in 'Supersized Tanks' started by schaun, 28 Sep 2009.

  1. schaun

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    I was thinking of my new build today and I decided that I would like to give you guys a glimpse into my life and the system that I have been dreaming about sins I was 16.

    Hel that’s a long time to dream.

    The slow economy retarded it for some time and I’m still not in a position to go full throttle.
    So this thread will probably take some time to finish, hopefully before the end of next Xmas.
    I will try to give you weekly updates of all the growing pains and what not’s of building ones dream tank.
    Thank for all the support and help I always get from you guys, always nice to have a kind word every now and then.
    Hope you enjoy the ride; think it’s going to be hectic!!!
    And one last big thanks to Lanzo and Adriaan for their support and having all the patients in handling and exited new builder.
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  3. IMarine

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    i can see this going to be a great build
     
  4. Tony

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    Have you started anything yet or are you still planning?
     
  5. clinton stanford

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    sounds great:) good luck;)
     
  6. Annoying

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    Sounds great and I'm sure you're propably super excited!
     
  7. riyadhessa

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    Hmm...sounds good...
     
  8. schaun

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    Ok, so this is the story.

    Thought I would show you a pic of my first attempt on reef keeping.
    I learned a lot with this system, lots of do’s and don’ts.
    Thins like the lights that was always in the way when working in the tank, the tank being too deep to work in it, the stand being too high, looked great but what a hassle to work in the tank.
    And then the BIGGEST of them all, living in a rental. Not being able to do what you want, drill holes and having enough space to have an easy to work with system.
    So this is a pic of my old now broken up system in my old house.
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  9. schaun

    schaun Thread Starter

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    Been planning for some time now. Have done some stuff.
    Will post all my progress up till now.
    Just don’t have enough time to do it all at once.
     
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    After months of going to endless auctions
    I finally found the house that I wanted for a price I could afford. April 2009
    As you can see, not wel looked after.
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    A pic’s of the room I decided to put the tank in.
    O jes ,and the poor maid without a room starting the bid cleanup.[​IMG]
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    A pic of the Maids room witch
    I intend to transform into my filter room.

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    And finally a pic of the two rooms.
    Filter room on the left and the tank room on the right.
    This is on the southern side of the house, so I don’t think I will have problems with heat.
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  11. schaun

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    Ok the next step was to decide on a size of the tank.
    So I can start building the stand.
    Saw the wave motion on YouTube, so I’m going for a 1.5m x 2m x 70cm
    Water level will be at 60cm to compensate for the wave motion.
     
  12. schaun

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    A few pic’s of the stand build.

    My first attempt at welding.
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    Top starting to take shape.
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    Was hel to keep this thing level.
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    Bottom of the legs. 30mm heavy duty nuts and bolts for leveling the table.
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    4 skinny legs.
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    Reinforcing to keep the legs from buckling under the weight of the wave motion.


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  14. schaun

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    Everyone from work pitching in.
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    Primer and final coat.
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    Moved the stand to my house where I added the sides.
    Want to put a top on it so that I can walk on it and to use as my kitchen nuke.
    Started to remove the skirting tiles.

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    schaun Thread Starter

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    Hendrik at Wonderboom Aquarium advised me to rather Galvanize
    The stand as it will last much longer, all the painting for nothing!!
    The stand now weighs 250kg.

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    Hi,awesome build,tagging and looking forward to the progress.At last,your dream becoming a reality.
     
  18. FransSny

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    WOW Schuan....looks like a monster
     
  19. crispin

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    wow even that stand looks exciting to build, looking forward to seeing the rest take shape :)

    Nice house too, good find :)
     
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    Wow Schaun, you could park a 747 on that stand and I am sure it will hold.
    I like the idea of the table lip around the tank. Brilliant! Make it wide enough so you have space to eat etc.
    But congrats on an awesome place and look forward to the rest of the build
     
  21. Ridwaan

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    Now this is awsome!..

    Cant wait to see how this tanks looks when its finished..
     
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