New Design - Coast to Coast

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  1. Express Reef

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    This is my latest design.

    Size: 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm >>> 10mm glass
    Coast to coast overflow with a 100mm center channel with a drain pipe 50mm down to the sump...
     
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    What can I do to improve on this design???

    Regards,
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    how deep are the channels? They need to handle around 3000L per hour
     
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    Make it wider. 750mm wide. Now that is a nice tank
     
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    and longer, 150cm long, thats an even better tank :p
     
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    The Coast to coast from side to side at the back of the tank = 1180mm long the dept is 50mm with a center gap of 100mm running straight down 510mm through a 50mm drain pipe...[​IMG]
     
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    How about an external c2c.
     
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    The whole idea with the coast to coast in the inside is to cover the water to prevent external water pollution, never know when the cleaner will use doom in the room and to cover the tank with a canopy.

    The reason I went for 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm is I`m brand new to reef and this will be my first tank, I feel a little scared to go big from the start...

    Will I be able to make a success of a tank 1500mm x 750mm x 750mm ???
     
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    make it more shallow. Like 1500x750x500 High. Reason being that you need less light and you can have shorter arms (with a 750mm high tank you need long arms lol) .. My tank is 1500x700Wx500H and its my first tank. The bigger the easier but also more expensive. ie you need a bigger skimmer, bigger water changes, more supplements etc. Consider all of this before you build. Go as big as your space and pocket allows for :)
     
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    I was convinced I wanted a big ass 1.6m long tank. Now I am glad I went for a 1.3 x 0.6 x 0.6. Bigger systems require more light, bigger skimmer, bigger return pump, more live rock, more gravel more of everything. Imagine the electricity bill and expenses for medicine etc. You need to treat water volume, not the amount of fish or corals etc.

    A 1500 x 750 x 750 gives you 840L. Add at least 200L more for sump. = 1040L
    A 1200 x 600 x 600 gives you 430L. Add at least 150L more for sump. = 630L

    One more thing. Keep in mind the size of the overflow box and the width of the braces. You might need to get your hand down the overflow box at some stage to get something out or fit bulkhead. if the overflow box is too narrow, you will not be able to get you hand past the braces.

    Just my 2c
     
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    1500 x 700 x 500 = 562 .. Lol my system is only about 600L
     
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    your outlet hole is on the bracing. Needs to move it forward into the tank, with a little boc over it. Just ensure its high enough to fit the bulkhead inside BEFORE you built the overflow box. Else you need an external spacer and then the glass the bulkhead is attached to.

    Either way, the hole you drill, needs to be more forward.

    And your stand frame is another reason why the hole can not be to far back.
     
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    This is how I want the Tank & Stand to Look when finished...
     
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    nice size tank (1.2m) big enough yet small enough to manage..

    i wouldent personally go higher than .650mm (.600 is ideal) it will make working in the tank a mission. if you went with 10mm glass you could forefeit the center brace allowing more ease to acess.. stick with the euro brace (all round bracing).

    beware of a C2C overflow in that your tank must be 100% level to allow the water to skim into it eavenly..you will have a small shaddow at the back with a full back overflow but it is neglegable..

    nice drawing skills..
     
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    :iagree: euro bracing looks the best. IMO i really wouldn't put the overflow under the center brace. will make it very difficult to carry out any work in the overflow if needed.
     
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    :iagree: euro bracing looks the best. IMO i really wouldn't put the overflow under the center brace. will make it very difficult to carry out any work in the overflow if needed.
     
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    design looks good, with your overflow in the center you wont need the center brace.

    i would make the height 500mm, but not higher than 600mm.
    as for the internal overflow it needs to be quite wide as you dont want to drill to close to the edge of the base pane. i would leave atleast 50mm from the edge
     
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    Exactly what RiaanP said. If your drain hole is 50mm, your compartment needs to be closer to 70mm or 80mm to allow for connecting. You dont want to drill too close to the edge of the glass. If you move the 50mm drain to the back of the tank instead of the bottom, this might make it better but leaves you with another variety of issues.
     
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