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Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by Chappy, 29 Aug 2008.

  1. Chappy

    Chappy

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    I had a facinating visit to jacquesb spot and really got some great inspiration seeing his tank. It has really got me ampted to get started. I am already learning a lot just buy talking to these guys and using MASA

    The beauty of it is that i have not purchased one item yet, and as a result am probably going to save some cash and heartache for it. Although i am sure heartache will happen somewhere along the line.

    I am going to start with the following:

    Tank 1200 X450 X450
    Stand
    Sump - As big as i can get to fit into the stand.

    I also met a couple of the other MASA member and gleened some fantastic info from them. Thanks a mill guys it was a great evening. And thanks henk for the fish food.:thumbup:
     
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    Hey hey!

    Was good to meet you last night. Just make sure the space between the sump top and the bottom of the tank can handle skimmers and what ever other equipment you want to add in there later on :D
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    welcome to the forum chappy
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Awesome to meet you Chappy! Thanks for coming over. Glad that you learned a bit. Henk - thanks too.....
    BTW - remember the brake light ;-)

    Chappy - just remember - the stand should be high enough for the young ones not to get to the tank and chuck crap in.... believe me - this happens....
    Once you ready - we can talk about the sump design.
    BTW: also remember Google Sketchup. You can have some fun in designing your tank setup on Sketchup first.
     
  6. Chappy

    Chappy Thread Starter

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    thanks man, appreciate it. Will keep you posted.

    Does the sump have to have sections or can it just be one.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    It's better for the sump to have sections. You only really require 2 pieces partition-glass - to split off the inlet area (where water comes into the sump from the tank's down-pipe), and where the skimmer sits - splitting off from the DSB and the outlet (return) section of the sump.
    That you end up with 3 sections - inlet, DSB, outlet areas..
     
  8. Jaak

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    Hey Chappy. Good to have met you last night!! Jacquesb, once again your knowledge comes in very handy. Thank Buddy!! Henk, thanks for the freebies:thumbup: !! Chappy, I'll PM you the details of that tank I told you about last night.
     
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    If possible go external skimmer and make your DSB, even bigger :D
     
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    and have a messy living room and have to get a bigger tank with a cannopy?????

    hehe

    no go with in sump skimmer and dsb in Display tank if u can:)
     
  11. Chappy

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    Yes it is important that it ALL fits into the stand and is away from little kiddies.

    So the dsb and skimmer sit in partition two. Only the inlet in partition 1 and only the return pump in partition 3. It that it?
     
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    yes puppy my dorter ask me this morning if shies allowed to swim in my tank if its complete:p
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Chappy - no - your skimmer will also go into chamber 1, in the sump. Remember, my sump has 4 chambers.... and my sump is not 100% correctly designed....
    So, I have my DSB AND 1st skimmer in the 1st chamber, my 2nd skimmer in the 2nd chamber, and then my chemical filtration in the 3rd chamber.... return in the 4th chamber.
    You sump should be - 1st chamber: inlet from tank (down-pipe) AND skimmer, 2nd chamber: DSB, 3rd chamber: return, heater, pump for phosphate reactor (if you have this), etc....
     
  14. Chappy

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    Aha. Now i got it. that makes sense. i did not know you had for chambers.

    That makes sense.

    P.s found the store. They have cheap tanks there but with no overflow.

    Thanks
     
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