My Nano Tank

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  1. Alias

    Alias

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    So here goes, my nano adventure begins.

    hoping to chronicle the whole story here from day 1 to mature tank.

    So its a 600x300x300 tank, in the final stages of putting in the slimline overflow (200x100) in with 40mm draining to the sump. Sump is a 600x300x300 with the classic three chamber design.

    Equipment:

    Boyu WG-308 protein skimmer
    Resun B-1500 return pump
    Resun 300 watt heater
    2x 10k 15 watt lights (1 white, 1 blue)

    need to modify the stand so i can fit the sump underneath and then build a nice cabinet around it but that should hopefully get done this week along with the plumbing and then filling her up.

    Using crushed coral as the substrate and "chunkier" crushed coral for the sump. then the cycle can begin.


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  3. Dane

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    Looking good so far! And congrats on taking the plunge! :)

    Two questions tho - 15w lights? Are those T8s? Older technology, and while okay - I would definitely advise using T5s instead (18w each, much smaller diameter), as you will have better choice in terms of globes etc. Also - how are you going to "modify" the steel stand!!?? ;-) Hahaha :)

    looking forward to watching this one progess!
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  4. Alias

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    yeah, they T8's. i had the ballasts already so just starting off with them. will see how i go and maybe upgrade in the future.

    The stand is about 40 mm too short length wise. so the sump doesn't actually fit in between the legs. My dad can weld so we gonna chop off the legs, extend it and put the legs back on. that or i find a bigger stand. will see which happens first.

    just keen to start the cycle.
     
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  5. Alias

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    slimline overflow is on, did a little bit of the plumbing. got the black backdrop which i will drill tomorrow if i can find the drill :whistling:

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    looking awesome i will be tagging along:thumbup:
     
  7. Alias

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    update time

    So had to scrap the sump i got from the LFS and got glass cut for my new one and built it to spec, thanks to @RiaanP for the help. here it is being assembled.

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    Also drilled and attached my black perspex backdrop. heres a pic of that.

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    Tomorrow i will finish off the plumbing and then add my dsb, substrate and hopefully some NSW. LR will come this weekend along with some wood work to enclose the sump area and build a light enclosure for the top.

    Also bought a resun wave maker.
     
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    Looking fantastic so far mate! :) Love the slimline overflow!
     
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    The cross member, you can cut it out, and move it to between the back legs and re-weld it.

    Or you need little triangular supports welded into the top corners. So that the stand is stable.

    I did the same mod on a standard Daro 1.2 and its stand. First I just moved the cross member. But when I cleaned the front glass with the magnet, the tank moved back and forth. Then I welded in some triangle, and viola, study as a rock.

    This should give you the idea.
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    I added a wire mesh as well, so I could just hook anything onto it.
     
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  10. Alias

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    cool, thanks, will look into that.. i like what you did to yours with the mesh, great idea..
     
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    @RiaanP, I gotta say bud, you are the DIY meistro. Def sending you some rep for your constant stream of DIY tips and good advice.

    @Alias. When are we going to see some water in this! ;-)
     
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    @Dane
    Thank you.

    I tried a lot of things, and changed them all the time. Always trying to improve on previous setup.
     
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    The build looks really good man.. If I may just say, looks like your stand has some rust on it. Instead of removing it and extending the stand, just build a new stand and paint it with hammerite. To remove the rust and extend my stand, it was terrible. Wish I just bought a new one
     
  14. Alias

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    yeah, not too phased with the rust atm, will be building a cabinet around it so it wont be visible, but will probably build a new one when this has matured enough to go onto display.

    Finally got the water in so here are some pics, hopefully i can get my skimmer sorted and then i rate its good to go. hopefully the water clears up a bit before the morning.

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    excuse the string, more permanent solution will come when i sort out the skimmer and build a better bracket to hold it at that hight.
     
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    right, so i upgraded the skimmer to something that actually works. plugged it in and bam it worked straight away. and it has an overflow for the collection cup, less maintenance so im stoked.

    Thanks to @chops for +-6kgs of LR. Scaping will most likely change but at least it can cycle in now. pretty stoked with the overall outcome. Last mod ill do will be to move the skimmer to the back so its hidden and then im gonna start work on the lights and housings.

    6weeks cant go buy fast enough :whistling:

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    looking good bud
     
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    ill be tagging along cause this is the same size as my tank
     
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    Nice progress so far...good luck with the new tank! :)
     
  20. Alias

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    thanks :)

    @nepellew, link me to some pics of your tank, wouldn't mind following your system too.

    Little update, have a little leak from the seal of the overflow. have to drain the DT, remove OF and strip that whole setup. Went and got new fittings for the back, totally over kill but i dont want to have to do this again. should have that sorted tonight hopefully. then gonna start on the skimmer relocation and then lights. Loving how clear the water is after that new skimmer went in.
     
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    Looks like you are off to a good start!!:thumbup:
     
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