My Tank - Finally

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by Hudsonkzn, 5 Jul 2010.

  1. Hudsonkzn

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    Hi guys

    I have been a member on MASA for over a year now, I am quite keen on the hobby, and have learnt alot lot from this site. I did setup a tank about a year ago, and fiddled around with many options etc, but never really committing to take on the task until I was sure of what I was doing.

    Well, the time has arrived and I have just ordered my official tank, I should have it by mid week.

    Here are the sketches of the Display and Sump.

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    I will keep you guys updated with pics when I get the tank.

    Cheers

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  3. Afsal

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    that's a great start , im still waiting for the visit ...lol
     
  4. Hudsonkzn

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    Hey Afsal.

    Sorry dude, but I have just been so hectic lately. I quit my job and have started my own company now, so that's taken up much of my time.

    Can you pm me your number, I'll call you and maybe stop around sometime this week.

    Cheers
     
  5. llewellyn

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    FINALLY. I thought you'd never start this thread. Cool stuff:thumbup:
     
  6. crispin

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    good to know youve researched before making decisions:) nice planned tank too, although id have tried to go a little wider if possible, both for the DT so its easier to scape and with the sump so that you have a slightly larger vollume under tank. I am not certain that the sump is big enough to take the overflow in times of a power outage, if youve checked that then cool, if not do some sums before you finish it off.

    best of luck with the build though, you muct be really chuffed:)
     
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    About time Ronald! Looking forward to this one! :)
     
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    Looks good Hudson, keep us posted. :)
     
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    Great that you starting up!

    Agree with Crispin, go wider if you can. 450 wide is very limiting, wish my tank was at least 600 wide
     
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    looks awesome Hudson;) keep us posted with progress:)
     
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    UPDATES:slayer:UPDATES:slayer:UPDATES:slayer:??? :1:
     
  12. Hudsonkzn

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    Ok LL

    Updates coming now.
     
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    Guys, just to let you know, I couldn't go any bigger on the Tank, as I am very restricted for Space. As it is it took a lot of convincing to get the space I have from the wifey!

    So I had to make do with the space, hence the size of the tank.
     
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    Okay, so Llewellen and myself set out early on Saturday morning. We went to Ansteys where we were supposed to be collecting water, instead we spent 3 hours in the rock pools looking for fish and rocks etc.

    We did see a Powder Blue Surgeon, which after many attempts and us getting very wet, we failed.

    So we decided to finally get going, and begin our task of collecting the water for my new tank.

    After lot's of lifting and jerking, we managed to get a total of 4 25L gallons and 2 x 20L buckets of water into the Bakkie.


    So we headed home.

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    The many containers of water.

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    Needless to say we were tired and hungry, but we needed to rush off to collect my Tank.

    But we couldn't do that without Lunch.

    Here is what we had for lunch:

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    So then it was off to the Tank Builder to fetch the Tank.

    A few beers and km's later we were back home with this:

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    So work began and the first order of business was to cover the back glass of the tank, to avoid the ugly plumbing from being visible. I opted to use Dark Grey Window tint, cos it was easy and would dry quickly.

    Ronald tinting the back of the tank:

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    The tank, now ready to be put into place.

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    But we had to move my old tank from the current location, so that required a lot of syphoning and fish catching. but we eventually managed to move it.
     
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    Llewellen hard at work drilling the necessary holes in the back of my cabinet to allow for the plumbing.

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    Now the tank was placed onto the cabinet, and looking good.

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    Then the sump was placed into position, and we tried out the skimmer and return pump to make sure everything fitted perfectly.

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