My new tank - and proud of it !!

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  1. VicZA

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    A few months ago after an introduction to the hobby by @BarryG, I decided that it would be cool to take the plunge and get myself into this hobby. With that I first did alot of reading and asked alot of questions on this exact (very helpful) site and started to understand some of the complexities involved.

    I told my wife that I was going to build myself my own tank, and while she was at first a bit skeptical and concerned, she agreed that it would be a cool idea. So with a few basic "house rules" I was all set to begin my build. I wanted to do everything:- sump, DT, stand, cabinet ... the works.

    I have never built a tank before and have never kept any fish whatsoever, so this would be quite a challenge - had to learn everything from scratch.

    The tank would stand between the lounge and the kitchen in our open-plan area and the basic "house rule" was that it should compliment the house and be a feature - no messy wiring, dirty sumps, noisy and smelly - LOL

    With the help of many people on this site, but especially @dallasg, @BarryG and @RiaanP (a warm thank you) ... I think I may just have pulled it off ....

    The three images that follow are:
    1 - The original 3D design that I came up with
    2 - The completed project (just need to varnish and add doors)
    3 - Detail of the top edge built around the tank. The tank rest on the steel frame.

    My Marine Tank 01.jpg

    Finished 01.jpg

    Finished 02.jpg
     
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  3. VicZA

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    Then this is my scaping:
    1 - Overall
    2 - left side (kitchen side)
    3 - right side (lounge side)

    Finished 06.jpg

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  4. nudibranch

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    Awesome, what a great job you did
     
  5. VicZA

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    ... and this is the view from
    1 - the kitchen
    2 - the lounge

    I think it looks pretty cool - any opinions/comments

    Tank has been inhabited since December.
    Out of interest, I still don't have too much livestock but I have the following:
    2 x True Percula Clowns
    2 x Banana Wrasses
    1 x Yellow-headed (sand-sifting) Goby
    1 x Orange Spotted Goby / Pistol Shrimp pair
    1 x Peppermint Shrimp (down from 3 - boo hoo)
    2 x Red Fire Shrimps
    4 x Turbo snails
    1 x Red-legged Hermits
    2 x Blue-legged Hermits
    Bunch of zoas, mushrooms and other frags

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  6. Zandy

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    looking real good...well done !:thumbup:
     
  7. Gareth0508

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    Looking good! Any pics of the engine room?
     
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    Looks really nice bud.
     
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    well, you did comply to the house rules.

    does look nice.
     
  10. Hammerhead

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    Tank looks boss, well done for a first attemp. Kewl woodwork as well.
     
  11. Wizard$

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    Good reason to be proud - great job! And you built the tank form scratch as well? Well done!:thumbup:
     
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    :thumbup: AWESOME :thumbup:
     
  13. VicZA

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    Thanks everyone .... here are some pics of the engine room. Still need to do a bit of work on the electronics and need to build my "manual ATO" but that will come shortly. Everything will look nice and neat once it's all done.

    As for the sump - straight forward - water in, mechanical filtration via 2 x socks, skimming, bio-cubes (carbon to be added soon as well), water stilling via baffles and return.

    Finished 09.jpg

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    Wel as said allready... Very well done! I think it looks very pleasant, but I have a problem.. I don't think I'll be watching any TV with the tank next to it..:whistling: Really nice setup man :peroni:
     
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    Very nice. What are the dimensions of the tank?
     
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    very nice build man.. well done. you have some good skills and it looks very neat.
    would be nice if you could make the cabinet with the doors like on your original design.. but still looks great anyways
     
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    did you do the woodwork yourself as well.?
     
  18. VicZA

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    Busy with the doors at the moment .... will update when done (in a few days)
     
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    Yep ... I did everything
     
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    Looking great!

    Well done!
     
  21. VicZA

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    @zak dimensions are 1200x600x500 and sump is 900x350x400
     
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