My first cube

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  1. CW

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    Hi There ppl

    As most of you know i took down my 1000liter setup end of last month.
    Had great fun with the tank and i was thinking of quitting the hobby and starting a new one.

    The sale just started then i already made plans for the new one. hehe
    I just cant keep my hands away from marines.

    This would be my 3rd newly build marine setup and my 5th setup since i started marines.

    So lets have a look at the size.

    I always wanted a cube so now im starting one.

    Display will be:
    700mm x 700mm x 500mm
    All 10mm bright polished tank and clear silicone.
    Bottom braces and top braces.

    The reason i went for braces at the top was just for water splashing while cleaning.
    I had a rimless tank before and i just hate it when it spills over the sides.

    Sump will be:
    650mm x 630mm x 400mm
    All 6mm glass and clear silicone

    Stand:
    25mm x 25mm square tubing
    I used my fuge stand to build this one.
    Did not see the need to get new material for this.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sounds great, look forward to the updates
     
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    so, do we say, Welcome back?
    anyway, enjoy the setup. Post those pictures
     
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    Thanx man

    Ja im gona post some pics just now.
    I will most probably start the tank this week or next week.

    Wanted to wait until i have everything and when its wet before i post but like always i cant keep it a secret for long. hehe

    I just had a look at your 600liter.

    Verry niece man
     
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    haha

    I don't think so cos i never really left.

    HAHA good one Riaan.
    Cool profile pic there.

    Cant wait to take my 2little ones to the beach.
    My son has been there once but my daughter not yet.
    Still to small
     
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    thanks, i am uploading my first video of it :)
     
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    Cool

    Ill have a look just now
     
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    Pics

    Ok so lets have a look at the empty spot where my 1000Liter use to be

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    So first i had to do some tiling where the big tank was standing.
    Luckily i still have the same tiles.

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    My new tank spot will be next to the fire place.
     
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    That didn't take long Chris! Haha :thumbup: good luck!
     
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    Tank placement.
    Next to the yellow chair in the pic

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    haha. jip.

    I just could not wait
     
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    stand

    Lets have a look at the stand ppl

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    stand

    Im not powder coating this one.
    Trying something else with this stand.

    Ive use a good quality red oxide for the first 2 coats.
    Then i used a water proofing paint for roofs.
    It makes like a rubber coating over the metal.

    I gave it loads of coats with the roof sealer.
    Then i also coated it 3times with woodoc exterior varnish to place a final seal over all the paint.

    Lets have a look

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    Sump design

    My sump is 650mm x 630mm x 400mm high

    The back chamber is my ATU chamber and also my water mixing chamber.
    Total system volume is about 277liters.

    So 54liters will be ok for water changes.

    Then there's nothing fancy with the rest.
    One chamber for skimmer, NP or orca cubes, one panel close to the return chamber to stop the bubbles from the overflow going to the top display. I can also put some filter wool between those to panels and that should polish the water nicely before it goes back to the display.

    An then the return chamber.
    Ive got a atman 2700L/H pump for the return but im getting a 3000L/H DC pump from a fellow reefer. Just have to fix the cable on it. Got it for free.

    Thanx @Dylant

    Also got a great skimmer for a steal from him.
    Bubble magnus curve 5.

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    Tank perspecs

    Hi ppl

    Ok hear is a pic of the perspex work at the back of the tank.
    The perspex is 5mm.
    The fins are 5mm and also the gaps 5mm.

    At the bottom of the pic you can see the overflow and return box and fittings.

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    Tank in place

    Ok the tank is in place.
    Lets have a look

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    Overflow plumbing

    Ive done the overflow plumbing so long.
    Ive got a valve i can choke if i need to and also i glued a union on the pipe so it can be remover if need it be.

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    Very nice dude
    enjoy the cube they awesome tanks to have
    :m106:
     
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