My new Glass Box

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  1. Wolve

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    Hi Guys, after not having a tank for a while now as a result of moving has been hectic. Looking at all the other awesome tanks here just made is worse so i took the plunge and decided to start again. This time i would like to go the SPS route, as the tank will not be huge so not much space for a DSB and scrubber and the likes i will try out the NP pellet route. So heres the list of what i have thus far, taking into account its been over 2 months since i started getting stuff and still not setup, so this might be a very slow build :).

    Items i have:

    Tank - 800x600x550 High - corner overflow with 2x32mm holes - would have preferred a center overflow but thats not to serious.
    Sump - 700x500x400 High - need to maybe change the divisions slightly
    Stand - 800x600x1000 High - i see that quite a few guys have tall stands now which work out great for when working in the sump.
    Skimmer - Not Sure think its a TS3 - it has 3 OTP2000 pumps should be more than enough
    Flow - had some sun sun pumps lying around, will use 3 x 5000 l/h until i save up for something proper
    Reactor - Reefoctopus rated for a 1000 L
    Return - will be a 2500 l/h lifetech
    Lighting - this is what took the most time to decide, tons of research and then the cost factor etc;
    option 1 - T5 - will need 8x24 watt two quad units with ATI bulbs - Roughly R4800 and this using cheap units and then i considered running these for say 4 years, even if im not religious in changing bulbs say twice, total cost about R 9000 for the T5 option at say 200 watts of electricity.

    option 2 - LED - the pre-built units insanely priced and was just out of my budget, so looked at DIY and again lots of research and decided that LED is that way to go - cooler on the tank, low consumption (will use 40 x 3 Watt) will probably never run at 100% so maybe only use 120 watts of power at peak (cooling fans too), will have awesome control and color, sunrise, sunset etc - cost about R 5000 to build including the controller so works out great.


    items i still need
    Auto top up
    dosing pumps
    cabinet for tank


    will be asking for lots of advice and please all criticism will be appreciated.

    Regards


    enough talk heres some pics for now.

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  3. Wolve

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    oh forgot to mention the LEDs have been ordered and i will try my best to do a step by step on the build progress, and many to Chris - @CW for his help and advice on the leds really appreciate it.
     
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    Not a problem man.
    PM me any time.

    Let me know if i must design the perspex panels for your led unit.
    Ill do the drawing, you just get some body to do the lazer cutting.

    Good luck boet:thumbup:
     
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    Setup is looking great , - its gonna take shape beautifully! - I can do the laser cutting - my machine has a bed size of 1200x900. just let me know when you are ready! I would also go the BIO Cube route (no need for reactors) - PM me for details!
     
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    thanks for the reply guys. not sure on what look i want for the light unit yet.
    Im going to go with a gloss white for the cabinet was thinking the same for the light, but i want to incorporate the typhoon controller into the unit as well, so black perspex might look nice.

    @CW - what thickness of perspex did you use and how did you glue the pieces together - when im done with the unit i will do a sketch so we can see if it will work out.

    @durleo - will definitely contact you for the laser cutting. also wrt the cubes you wouldnt believe how many hours i spent reading up on the stuff, looks like i will go the bio cube route, only reason i wanted to go pellets is because i have the reactor, which i can now use for some phos remover
     
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    We need some more pics???????
     
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    More Pics - really i tort i put up plently :). serioulsy it will only be pics of the same stuff as i havent done anything else yet.

    got something in the mail box :slayer:, it seems i gotta pay some money, so it has to be the LEDS, cant wait for lunch break to go and pick them up, awesome.
     
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    this is how i planed to wire up the leds, but the only change i might make is to mount the drivers on a seprate heatsink so you dont see them, but the led combo will be as per the skecth
     

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    @Wolve , YOu used to be Doberman on the forum???
     
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    nope think you got me mixed up with someone else have also been me :)
     
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    lol, no problem
     
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    You must post some pics of your Led build.. Tank is going to be awesome..
     
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    I used 3mm plexiglass, same as perspex.
    5mm will also work.
    Then you glue it with perspex glue.
    I got my glue from mica. Meyzeys plastic makes the glue
     
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    Thanks Bud, will make a turn at maizeys when im ready.
     
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    They Have Arrived

    :yeahdude: the leds have landed and also got my heatsink as well, both excellently packed.

    For those interested the leds same from Steves led and the heatsink came from Rapidled.

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    the drivers

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    and the drivers and the leds mounted, darn my finger tips were insanely sore after sticking the leds down.

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    while i was waiting for the leds to sure i found some hammerite and painted the stand then after 2 coats i painted it with some white gloss paint as i didnt like the black.

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    Verry verry nice

    When do we see them light up?
     
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    ok little bit of an update started soldering last night, and well my total uselessness with the soldering iron didnt help. the heatsink kept the solder plates super cool an it took ages to heat up as a result due to the very short wire lengths they began to over heat and start to burn (fingers included) damaged 2 leds one still works other totally destroyed, so got pissed off and pulled out all the leds and arranged them in a more standard layout giving me more space to work with. Will retry the soldering this evening. he heatsink now looks like total crap, all drilled and scratched, but at least you wont really be looking at it when the unit is on.

    the new layout

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