Reef tank design

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  1. JackSplat

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    Hi guys

    I have been going through the forums and I have been busy designing my first marine reef tank. I would appreciate your inputs on my design. Below is the basic concept:

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    The two holes on the left in the overflow will get bursa standpipes and the one of the right is for the return.

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    The main tank dimensions are 700(L)x600(w)x600(h), 232litre.

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    I designed a sump based on the basic sump designs in the beginners thread.

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    I intend to use a reef octopus TS1 protein skimmer and Hailea HX-6530 return Pump. The center chamber is for a DSB.

    I have left space next to the sump for a RO reservoir and chiller.

    EDIT:

    What kind of pipe (plastic) do you use for the returns and overflow?

    The lighting and doors still need to be designed.

    I intend to use 10mm/8mm glass for the main tank and 8mm/6mm for the sump.

    Thank you!
    Werner
     
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  3. Express Reef

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    looks good, but if you want to go DSB you need a much bigger area for the DSB to work... the DSB in my opinion is too small and will only be a ditrus trap... will sugest looking at othere methods of filtration , np pellets, bio cubes ....
     
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    like above

    nice tank design, using a beananimal overflow, they work wonders...
    remember 32mm tubing for them to work well, 50mm is ideal but thats for large tanks
     
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    Cool, thank you, would the space be sufficient for a filter using bio cubes?
     
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    yes it is, for 1L its about a 15cmx15cmx15cm area needed with the bag
     
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    Thank you :thumbup: , is there a specific requirement on the type of plastic used in the tubing. I have heard some plastics can contaminate the water.
     
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    I would increase the overflow to be the width of the tank at the back. Do not cut the back panel with a extended U shape. It will weaken the back panel and it could crack from the corners of the cut. The weight and movement of the overflow box can break it. For proof look around to Mudshark tank failure.

    Rather have the back pane shorter than the others and have the full length of the back pane as an overflow.
     
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    or you could make a the overflow to be on the inside of the tank. i've build a tank once with a similar design to yours and i can tell you its not easy to hang the overflow on the outside of the tank.
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    will that overflow not end up cracking the tank? as it looks like it will be heavy once it has water flowing into it.
     
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    Thanks for more inputs, I have made some changes

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    Added diagonal supports from bottom of tank to overflow for support and extended the overflow from side to side. Also increased the space a bit.
     
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    @archiecrain actually there is only about a centimeter of water in the overflow chamber the pipe you see is not there at all i was just messing around when i took the pic. anyways the tank is running fine for few months now no cracks or leaks
     
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