NEWBIE DIY REEF TANK

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  1. Mark H

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    I am planning on putting the whole system together myself. I am going to build a 1800 x 700 x 650 mm tank, stand, 1200 x 500 x 500mm sump with a 500 x 350 x 350 mm top up tank. Process will be done from the bottom up. Must now read up on how to post pictures.
     
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    Sounds great:m106:
    Looking forward to seeing it progress!
     
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    IMG-20170718-WA0011.jpeg

    This is the top up tank, has been tested and is leak free.
     
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    Have exterior glass for sump must now finish designing it....
     
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    Please guys if you think I am stuffing up or have ideas, tell me I have not done anything like this for 30 years.
     
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    Nice sized tank. Have you worked out your glass thickness and the bracing that you're going to use?
     
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    Not yet Viper, I can get 12mm at a reasonable price and will go with leslie recommendations re bracing. At this stage I am just starting from the bottom up while I save for the big stuff. The top up tank basically cost me nothing because I had the glass and silicon, the glass for the sump which is 6.38 plate glass cost me 1360.00 and I have glass for the internal panels.
    This will be quite a long haul but I will get there.
     
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    just keep them pics coming :thumbup:
     
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    As I slowly put it all together I will post pictures and costs. Next step is the sump and then the stand. Drawing and cutting list been done for stand which will be made out of 38 x 38 x 3 mm metal tube.
     
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    This is my drawing of my stand any comments welcome before I purchase steel......._20170801_191855.JPG
     
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    Looks good, are you going to galvanize it? And just in terms of practicality, what size is your sump going to be? Will you be able to fit the sump into the stand afterwards? Personally I would line up the middle vertical bars with the front to back support beams (so 2 vertical bars in the middle), but mostly about how it looks and ease of working on the sump, with 38mmx38mmx3mm steel you probably won't have any issues in terms of safety either way.
     
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    Thanks for reply hotdog83 appreciate it.

    Response as follows;
    Will probably have it galvanized and then paint it for as much rust protection as i can get.
    Sump as mentioned above is 1200 x 500 x 500 so will fit.
    Reason for center leg, instead of two that line up with the cross supports, is to allow me easy access to the sump.
     
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    Cool, sounds good then. So the sump will rest on the two bottom front to back supports?
     
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    Will have base boards top and bottom, to spread the load so to speak. See where you are coming from will put in a couple extra cross supports on bottom section to give more support to the sump and top up tank.
    Thank you for input. You are sneaky i would not of taken offense with a straight out comment.:m01:
     
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    Awesome, I had the exact same sized tank a while back, really a good size, not massive, but big enough to keep pretty much anything you want.
     
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    Take out those two cross braces at the bottom and put in a diagonal in one of the back "squares" and one of the ends. That way your sump can stand straight on the floor.
     
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    My2c - I would have gone with a slightly shallower tank - easier to work - more effective use of lumens.
     
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    Do not want the sump on my floor as I said will be putting in a support board right the way through the bottom.
     
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    DSC_0174.JPG The start of my sump tank.
     
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    are you cutting and welding this frame yourself?
     

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