Project : School Fees

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  1. FO7

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    Hi all MASA members. Thank you for all the advice and guidance on my newbie QA thread. As from the thread title, the newbie status is here to stay for a while with a lot silly questions, but part of attempting the project is not just to enjoyment and entertainment, but to know the why and how and more import is the DIY. This build is dedicated to my 5 year son, as he is interested in my tropical setup, but he wants his own marine and no nano will not do. Hope it is true never to young or to old to start ...


    Anyway here is where we at ....

    1. Got a tank : 1210mm (L) x 450 (W) x 490 (H) -old school with 3 chamber buildin filter. Will not be using it for filtration, but that is another discusion for later.

    2. The stand and basic cosmetics. This will be build within the next weekend or so.

    2.1 Legs : 50x50 angle iron 1000mm (H)
    2.2 Base and top frame with supports : 20x20 angle iron
    2.3 Malimine finish
     
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  3. FO7

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    The tank that will be used for this build:

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    Old School side filter

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  4. Pete

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    sounds good keep use updated and remember the pics
     
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    The next post photos was taken from my first build - not marine, but just to show the intended frame and structure, the method in this madness is the build-up to the construction of the sump.
     
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    Tank in the 20x20 top frame:

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    Semi finish product:
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    Finished and been running for 18 months:
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  7. FO7

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    The frame for the marine project will be a duplicate of the above used for the marine. My research will now just focus on the filtering system for the marine, the sump. Due to being and old tank, I would not want take the chance to drill it and not to remove the old school filter, but are hoping for ideas on a suction pump of some kind and to use the existing chambers for pumps and returns. The sump will be hosted :

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  8. FO7

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    It's been a while, but the build eventually started .... herewith the pictorial of progress this far:

    1. The frame / stand [check]
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    Legs : 4 x 1000mm x 50mm x 50mm angle iron

    Top and sub frame : 10 x 450mm x 20mm x 20mm angle iron
    4 x 1200mm x 20mm x 20mm angle iron

    1 x 1200mm x 450mm polystyrene

    1 x 1200mm x 450mm board

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    Next challenge / phase - the sump ... will be asking some advise on this, with a lot more research before attempting the build ... but that will be the next chapter.
     
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    great start just take it slow
     
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    Very neat welding. I'm envious :)
     
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    That's a great start, very neat ! A suggestion if i may, what about converting the side filter area into a refugum with return water from the sump going through it before re-entering the tank . . .
     
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    Welcome to MASA. That filter is easy to cut out with a Stanley knife. I like your discus
     
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    Nice work
     
  14. FO7

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    Thanks guys, I am thinking of using the side filter as a stage 1 filter and incorporate it into a overflow box as I am not keen in drilling the tank. What this will also give me is that the overflow and return could be on the same side. I also want to utilize this space for some of the meters and gadets for the constant measuring of levels and temps.

    The initial thoughts ... side filter (3 chambers)

    Chamber 1: Main intake from the tank
    Chamber 2: Small pieces of LR for filter stage 1
    Chamber 3: Over flow box

    Filtration Stage 2:

    Sump (3 chambers)

    Chamber 1: Skimmer
    Chamber 2: DSB
    Chamber 3: Return pump

    Still looking into sizes and do and don'ts ...
     
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