NEO's First Tank

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  1. neo

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    Hello all,
    wanted to hold back on starting this thread until I had something to show but I'm looking for some general suggestions so here go's.

    Busy setting up my first ever tank.
    DT:
    1000l x 650d x 600h.
    Center overflow with one 50mm hole for overflow and two 27mm holes, one 27 for return the other for running wires from below for lights, powerheads and what else is needed.
    Stand:
    Welded stand, 38 sq tubing all round, to be cladded in wood, galvinized, ajustable feet.
    Sump:
    900l x 550d x 500h, 4 compartments, 1 rear full lengh for topup water, 3 at front, one for skimmer, one for DSB and one for return.

    Current status:
    I've got the DT, standing temp on an old goverment type table (empty)...not the best place for it.:chatterbox:
    The stand is at the shop for galvinizing.
    Busy building the sump:thumbup:....this is fun and not as difficult as i thought, only building the outside, will wait for the skimmer/return pump before building the compartments.
    Also busy with the DB box.

    ToDo:
    skimmer - either TS2 or Orca 100
    pumps - still searching, want something that is economical on electricity, considired the halia 6540 but this uses 100w....
    lights - don't know what to do, posted the question in the lighting forum.
    will use playsand for my DSB, and a mixture of playsand and arag for DT.
    Rock-work - thinking of base rock with LR but not sure yet

    A comment on my DT. When I was looking for DT's i saw a lot of bad second hand tanks and a lot of bad silicon work on the LFS tanks.
    Eventually ended up having the tank build by Peter Power and I am very happy with the result, Peter also giving me lot's of advice and I'm also reading MASA all the time.

    will take some pics tonight of the work in progress, seeing all MASA members are pic-freaks :whistling:
    That's it for now. Any sugestions/comments are welcome.
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sounds great...
    look foreward to seeing more...

    and btw :)
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  4. ziyaadb

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    Welcome man. PLEASE do yourself a favor and spend the extra money and get an Orca HUGE difference over the TS range. I know as i changed from the DNW 200 to the Orca135 the new design with the bubble plate makes a Huge difference and is worth the extra money
     
  5. dallasg

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    skimmer - either TS2 or Orca 100 - my ts2 works wonders
    pumps - still searching, want something that is economical on electricity, considired the halia 6540 but this uses 100w.... - lifetech 3500 - R349 from builders
    lights - don't know what to do, posted the question in the lighting forum. - see my reply there
    will use playsand for my DSB, and a mixture of playsand and arag for DT. - sounds good
    Rock-work - thinking of base rock with LR but not sure yet - good LR is a must
     
  6. durleo

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    Yeah the orca is an excellent skimmer - I have an orca 100 in sump but jus upgraded to
    an external skimmer rated for 2500lt - If you plan on stocking heavily in the future with fish and coral maybe go for an external skimmer and it will leave you more space in the sump for a refuge and dsb.
     
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    sounds cool.hope to see some pics soon;)
     
  8. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    skimmers suggested are cool, my preferance being something with a bubble plate, as for pumps the hailea are a good energy effiecient pump perhaps look at the smaller 3500lph they are only 65w and will be suffiecient for the size tank you propose.

    as for DSB it can virtially be anything but id suggest something with a buffering capacity.. id spoil yourself and get a little aragonite.. or atleast a small portion thereof..

    rock you could activate dead base rock with a few small pieces of LR but patience and minipulation of lighting cycles will be very important
     
  9. Prodigy

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    Good luck with your venture
     
  10. neo

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    Ok some very boring pics of what i have so far:
    Tank:
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    Sump in progress, building it myself:


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    I'm using this nifty gadget my dad gave me (ok, just borrowed it from him)
    I know peter also use something like this for building his tanks.
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    using this is much cleaner than tho finger and the finish looks nicer and it leaves a better silicon bead than your finger.

    will do another picture update when i have the stand next week and i can put everything on it.
     
  11. Caleb

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    Looking good bro! Well done on building the sump, very satifying when it comes out nice and you can tell visitors you built it yourself...:thumbup:
     
  12. dallasg

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    very cool...
    thats a silicone tool, very handy things
     
  13. keyaam

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    Where can i get one of those proseal kits?
     
  14. Prodigy

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    Cool man
    your tank looks kiff man dig the overflow in the middle out of the way
     
  15. neo

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    Thx you all,
    must say i'm excited as hell, just have to hold back and not go and blow the budget by buying all at once but i SOOOOO want this up and running......

    keyaam, sorry, dont know where to get it, will ask my dad - see if he remebers.

    I removed the clamps tonight, borrowed them and have to take it back somewhere this weekend, that proseal tool realy works nice, i've got the minimum cleaning to do on the glass.
    Now i must get the pump and skimmer so i can build the sump compartments.
     
  16. sweetnsour

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    Silcone tool can be bought from builder for cheaper than a box of smokes.

    Great tank you have there man what have you planed on keeping?
     
  17. neo

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    YoYo, update time people.
    After waiting for longer-than-expected on my stand's galvinizing I got it about 3 weeks ago.
    Then I build the sump internals 2 weeks ago with sum pointers from NeilH, and did the water test and had a leak:( but fixed this after some masa advice:thumbup:, striped the silicon on the leaking corner, cleaned and redo - worked like a charm:yeahdude:
    Ok so I started looking for the plumbing goodies and got stuck on that but found a way around the problem past weekend and below is the photos.

    Some of the plumbing goodies.
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    Inlet (return) Adapter, this is the one that gave me some problems solving
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    Outlet (durso goes into it) adapter, not using the thin o-ring as it gets twisted out of the joint when tightning the adapter on the glass.
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    Tank and stand day after i got the stand back.
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    And the Tank, stand, sump after this past weekend.
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    Sump only.

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    I have to connect the return-pump to the pvc pipe in the tank - allready have the clear piping for this.
    Tested the overflow and durso by filling the center overflow compartment by hand, also did a 24hr test with water inside the overflow box and my o-ring fittings work with no leaks and they are only hand-tight, must check the return plumbing for leaks once the pump is connected.

    That's it for now.
    Next step thus is the pump and running tap water in complete system to check for leaks etc.
     
  18. Renannchen

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    wow, very neat work, the tank is coming along nicely!!!!
     
  19. Annoying

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    Hey tank is looking great!!:thumbup:
     
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    WOW Neo! This tank build is going on REALLY REALLY great so far! Congrats man! Keep up the great work!
     
  21. neo

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    thank you, thank you, and special thanks to my brother, aunt, mother ....:)

    hmmm seems the drugs are kicking in - I've got a very bad head-cold and been living on drugs since yesterday.

    ok no jokes, thx for the nice words, I'm very excited, cant wait for the pump to start running.
     
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