Newbie here!

Discussion in 'New Members' started by FDB, 19 Oct 2009.

  1. FDB

    FDB

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Hi all.
    I'm new to the site.
    Want to build a 2500L tank and need PLENTY of advice.
    Cannot afford to make mistakes.
    :)
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. FDB

    FDB Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Oh.
    Sorry.
    a 2500L Reef tank.
    :)
     
  4. Ghaydeen

    Ghaydeen

    Joined:
    28 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    481
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    JHB
    Welcome, 2500lt! wow sounds like a stunner. What are your plans?
     
  5. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,530
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    welcome.. im sure we can assit you, please share more about your proposed setup ...
     
  6. toppdogg

    toppdogg

    Joined:
    9 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    1,107
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    port elizabeth
    masahello
    enjoy your learning here!!!!
     
  7. clinton stanford

    clinton stanford

    Joined:
    11 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    2,210
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    East London
    welcome to MASA:)
    LOTS TO LEARN HERE;)
     
  8. SKnight

    SKnight chilling in alfred

    Joined:
    21 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    126
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Port Alfred, EC
    :welcome7:
    Welkome you have come to the right place
     
  9. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,142
    Likes Received:
    1,228
    Location:
    Centurion
    Hello And Welcome

    2500? like in Two and a halve Thousand?
    On a 800 deep by 800 wide tank that is a 4 meter tank. WOW

    Talk about learning to walk by doing the Comrades... ;)

    Well, there is plenty to read on MASA, so if you are totally new to marines, please read a lot before diving into your tank (that size, it should be possible).
     
  10. Jaak

    Jaak

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    2,421
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Welcome to MASA!!
     
  11. mnd123

    mnd123

    Joined:
    5 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Fourways Gardens
    WOW! Cannot wait to see this baby, then I can try convince the wife :)

    Welcome mate!
     
  12. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    welcome FDB, very nice of you to join MASA. there is so much planning that needs to go into big custom build tanks and it really cant be understated how much you need to think about before buying anything. That way we can help you with the conseptual layout and save you money on getting equipment and deign that is applicable to what you want to achieve:) Buying right the first time really saves you in the long run.

    Also MASA is primarily a group of hobbyist reefers whom are passionate about marine setups, so our advice is free and often to your tanks best advantage rather than you as a reefer. But without us having a finacial incentive to get you to buy things, you are better off asking MASA for advice on equipment and its price before buying anything. Pet shops will often tell you things that are only half true inorder to make the sale, whereas MASA has no reason to see you waste your money :)

    welcome tro the friendly forum of MASA and the facinating world of marine tanks :)
     
  13. FDB

    FDB Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Thanx guys.
    Yea +- 2500L.
    Seems like it's gonna be about 90cm high, 1.6 wide and 2.4M long with one corner of the tank cut at a 40 degree angle.
    There is this indoor plant area built into my house.
    I want to convert it into a tank.
    But i think 90cm might be a bit high. that takes my glass to 20mm thick, vs 18mm on 80cm high and about 10mm on 60cm high.
    So for now, it's about the glass which would give me my height and weight.
    Then the planning for the Deep sand beds, etc... That is why i am here.
    i need LOADS of info.
    I'm willing to spend the bucks and do this over a longins period, but then i want something stunning....
    Anyone volenteering to help?
    :)[​IMG]
     
  14. FDB

    FDB Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Thanx.
    Yea i have already noticed that petshops will destroy this project.
    That is why i am here.
    You guys have the experience so i would rather let you guys design and spec this for me.
    (I humbly request)

    So please.
    Let me know what i must do and i shall do it.
    If anyone want to be involved, lemme know.
    Let the planning and debating begin.
    :)

     
  15. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    fdb, good to know that you have a start already:) and an area planned. why not take a pic of the plant area you want to convert so we can get our heads around helping u with the design:)

    the dimensions sound fine except for the depth. 90 in too deep for a few reasons, and glass doesnt really come into them.

    firstly you always need to reach into a tank. Extension tongs and things are great, but aquascaping and working ina tank that is too deep is a real pain. Also 90cm of water is a HUGE barrier for light to penetrate through which is a problem for your lught lovingt corals. so a shallower tank (650-700) would be far better in my view.


    will you have an open area above that tank, getting to the back of it will be a real mission if not?
     
  16. riyadhessa

    riyadhessa

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Welcome to MASA...
     
  17. FDB

    FDB Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Hmmm.
    Ok.
    70cm would work well too.
    I CAN co 1.4M high if i want to, but that would kill access to the tank.
    The glass on 70cm must be 13mm thick 2.5 safety rating. (Where can i get prices?)

    Should i not start a thread in the Reef Tank forum about this rather?
    I'll take some photos tonight.

    Cheerz
    Me.
     
  18. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,142
    Likes Received:
    1,228
    Location:
    Centurion
    at 1.4 wide, max, should be 800 deep. Maybe glass at 800 but water at 700-750. Should be ok.

    Lights, depends on what you need in there. LPS must get Metal Halides (MH), Softies, leathers and fish only can go T5.

    Space underneath, crucial, must minimum be 800mm high so that you can get to your equiptment. Without bumping your head.

    Glass rim at the top, should be at 1.6, else you need to get out a small stepladder to do anything in the tank.

    Another issue, will the tank be viewed will sitting or standing? You want it eye level, so that you see into the tank.

    Suggestion, What I would do, is to remove the sharp point end, and have the glass meeting the angled glass in the middle. That empty spot I will then use it as my Electrical connections area. Neat, out of the way, easy to get to, and flood proof.

    But again, let us see a photo first...
     
  19. FDB

    FDB Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    137
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pretoria
    Thanx.
    Good advice..
    I have started a new thread in the reef tank forum.
     
  20. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    29 May 2007
    Posts:
    17,868
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Cape Town
    A very warm welcome to MASA Franscois!
     
  21. inflames

    inflames

    Joined:
    29 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    923
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Randparkridge (Johannesburg)
    Welcome to MASA...This is gonna be awesome!!! Good luck!
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Newbie here Forum Date
Hello, newbie here... New Members 19 Jun 2012
Marine newbie here! Hi everyone :) New Members 28 Mar 2012
Newbie here New Members 7 Mar 2012
Newbie here New Members 3 Jun 2009
Hello from a Newbie! New Members 7 Sep 2016
Newbie New Members 15 Aug 2016
Light Setup for NEWBIE Nano Tank advice 10 May 2016