Omnitank's piece of creation

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  1. Omnitank

    Omnitank

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    This is how my story begins: I have a rich history of keeping and breeding freshwater fish during my teenage years,
    and always wanted to switch to marines. After I got married in 1995, my wife and I started off with a few sea horses.
    It was the days when drip-filters were cutting-edge technology and stuff seemed to be pretty scarce at the time.
    We started slow and learned the hard way (there wasn't internet, lest MASA), but just when we thought
    we had it figured life happened and we decided to postpone the hobby for a few years to get the kids sorted.

    In December 2012 my wife and I bought a secondhand tank (1600x800x600). It was running for almost two years
    when we bought it, but there were not much corals in and only a few fish. It had rather crappy hardware and
    was running on a DSB that was barely alive. When we look at pics that were taken at the time, it looks very dull,
    but we loved every second of it. Any sign of life (even during the night on the live rock) was something that we cherished.
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    With three kids and my wife being a homeschool-mom, money wasn’t always enough to do what we wanted, and the
    tank is always on the bottom of the “money food-chain”!
    Little by little the changes started to take place, and one of the major ones was getting rid of the DSB. We hit a
    hard patch with cyno and I didn’t want to use chemicals as a solution. Better flow and good water husbandry, so I
    built a reactor for about 4 litres of Seachem Matrix and it was running for 8 months before we did the
    big sump revamp and removed the DSB.
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    Well the tank was getting populated and every now and again I would play around with some kind of enhancement or
    try to improve on something in the line of filtration or lighting or whatever… never ending story – AWESOME!

    The thing is, after about 18 months I realized that there were issues that I could not change while the tank is
    operational, like the noisy overflow; the fact that the tank is too deep; the overkill on the TWO wide braces over
    the top; the messy build - especially on the front panel and then of course - the constant urge for more room on
    the substrate to put “something nice”.
    @RiaanP didn’t help the cause when he started a thread on MASA in July this year called “what is that design
    issue you wish you could change on your system?”
    I know all the matured guys are now going: “I know where this is heading” and you are spot on!
    TIME FOR A NEW BUILD!!!

    I was playing around with sizes and was constantly reminding myself that “bigger is not always better” – we do
    not live in Texas, and I don’t have the funding for something that I think will satisfy this ever-increasing lust for more reef!

    I decided on an almost-cube that is 1200x1000x600 (water level on 580).
    It is very close to the same volume that I now have (700 liters) so I will be able to use most of the stuff that I have.

    I keep on telling myself that I am in no hurry, but to be honest, I cannot wait!
    My reefing testosterone levels rocketed when the glass was delivered last week. :thumbup:

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  3. Ebi Omer

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  4. TaahirS

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  5. Omnitank

    Omnitank Thread Starter

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    Yes, why not? How difficult can it be?:whistling:

    It sounds like "famous last words"
    Will post pics within a few weeks, I'm building the stand now.
     
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    Good to see changes, the journey is long but you will get there soon
     
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    Awesome...kan nie wag om te sien nie...
     
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    Good to know that I'm the catalyst for a new tank build.

    Sounds like a nice size cube, I like the depth towards the back. That is one thing I wish on my tank. at only 600mm to the back, it does not help a lot with vision depth. But as you said, beggars can't be choosers.

    Anyway, keep up with the updates.
     
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    Nice Frik
    only seen thread now
    I know stand is done post some pics dude
    and you know you must shout when you ready to build
    will help any time
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    I think this is going to be a very nice tank
     
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    I barely had time to do some work on the tank over the last few weeks, lest uploading and posting pics, but here's a few of the goings on:

    I couldn't wait to toy around with the glass and check out the size
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    Here's my wife helping with the worst job in the world, painting the stand.
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    Some new toys that came
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    The seems on the braces came out good
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    Sometimes I had to improvise to hold the back brace in place...
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    Trying some things for the comb
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    The sump taking shape
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    The tank heve been standing to dry for over two weeks, and I've done a pressure test over the weekend, so things are starting to take shape.
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    Also took the sump and top-up tank for a test-drive:
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    Lyk great sover Frikkie
     
  18. the fish

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    very nice man. looking good. sump looks very complicated though? can you give an insight on the design and what each of the chambers are for?
     
  19. Omnitank

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    Sure @the fish. I designed the sump in a U-shape, to minimise the piping under the tank. The long compartment on the left is the chamber where the return pumps will be (I am using 2 pumps).
    So the overflow pipes go into the first chamber, followed by a bubble trap.
    Then there is enough space for my skimmer.
    Next is a smaller trap that will be used for filter floss.
    The one with the egg crate is for Matrix filter media.
    The big space on the end is the refugium. It will be visible at the front of the stand to use as needed.
    From there the water goes back to the narrow area where the return pumps are.
    When designing the sump, your previous partition determines the depth of the next, and it cannot be higher at the end.
    Hope it makes sense
     
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    great work, the best part is building
     
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    Haha makes a lot of sense. Thanx for the explination man.
     
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