Philip's new 1.3m

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by *Philip*, 24 May 2011.

  1. *Philip*

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    Hi guys.

    After having many headaches and sleepless nights over my first failed attempt at a marine aquarium, I'm starting from scratch and the way one should do it.

    This will take me a while to finish,as funds are limited and the wife needs to be kept happy as well. I will get there sooner or later.

    Here are some pics of what it should look like when finished. Pics of actual tank will follow soon.

    The dimensions are 1.3m x 0.6 x 0.6 water level is at 550, which gives 400L

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    Philip, I moved your thread to "Members systems and setups - Medium tanks.
     
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    nice size :) .. Its like ziyaadb's tank
     
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    Thanks, could not find where to start it. Was hoping someone will put it in the right place. ;)
     
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    cant wait to see the progress..
     
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    I decided to paint the back dark blue. Finished it yesterday and its nice and dry now. It looks quite nice. ;)
     
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    Hopefully I can go buy the steel for the framework tomorrow and start building over the weekend.
     
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    nice looking tank :)
     
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    Lekka tank, just remember to powder coat or galvanize the stand to prevent rust later on. Although they sometimes will rust anyway in a year or two, it is better than to not do it.
     
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    Yes, definitely. Anybody know where in Cape Town to go for galvanizing, or must I just go check in Yellow Pages?
     
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    Thanx, will give them a call.
     
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    you can paint the stand in hammerite also
     
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    In my experience Galv costs more ore less the same (cheaper in CT than in GP) so rather go for that.

    @ *Philip* they will collect and deliver for a minimal fee as well
     
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    That's very cool, thanks. Think I will let them collect. Bossman will start complaining about all the time off.
     
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    I was thinking more in the lines of: spend a little extra and do both
     
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    So, I built the stand on Saturday. Finished it off on Monday and took it for galvanising on Tuesday. Will hopefully get it back tomorrow, then I can paint and put tank on. :thumbup:



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    Got all the pieces pre-cut, to save effort. Used Brackenfell Steel. I highly recommend them as all the pieces were cut 100% to my sizes.



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    Wanna-be welder at work :lol:


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    After a lot of sweat the stand is done, well almost. In this pic I still needed to tidy up the welds.

    PS, I'm an electrician, not a welder, so don't criticise. Some spots have holes (for galvanising to run in) :whistling: and some spots look like birdie poop. :blush:
     
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    OK, so I got my stand back from galvanizing.
    Not too happy with the job they did. Luckily i had a can of cold zink galvanizing to touch up the bad spots :pinch:
     
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